helping dogs become their best selves!

Welcome to pranaDOGS where each dog is given time and training adapted to their particular needs

We are a 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization working to improve the quality of life for dogs through Education, Training and Resource sharing

We work hand-in-hand with Shelters and Rescues to give homeless dogs with behavior issues the time and rehabilitation needed to become well-mannered members of society, and terrific best friends!

We are not your typical trainer. We do provide basic classes for new adopters and individuals struggling with behavior challenges but our real focus involves two categories of dogs: 1) helping those dogs who over react when they see other dogs and 2) Helping Anxious, Shy and Nervous dogs find their footing

Our Resources section provides free information for pet owners, shelters and rescues to empower everyone to have a great relationship with their dogs and cats

We advocate and support mixed-breed and shelter dogs


We provide monthly Free Workshops through La plata County Humane Society in Durango, CO



The Trainer behind pranaDOGS

Marcy Eckhardt, BBA, CPDT-KA is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and student of dog behavior. Marcy gravitated toward dogs at a very young age then after serving in the Air Force attended Colorado State University and took her first job at an animal shelter in Longmont, Colorado.

After working as a pet sitter, veterinary technician, groomer, doggie-day-care manager, foster coordinator, consultant and animal shelter director Marcy knew it was time to follow her real passion: helping shelter dogs and helping shelters and rescues read and communicate better with dogs.

Her first book, The Ripple Effect, was published in 2012 and has proven to be a valuable guide for shelter and rescue workers across the country. Since then Marcy has published numerous articles and is currently working on her second book, Dogs instead of Daughters.

Marcy currently splits her time between working with the dogs at pranaDOGS Rehab Center, working with the dogs at La plata County Humane Society and writing, recording and remaining fascinated by dog behavior.

Find out more information about Marcy here.