helping dogs become their best selves!

pranaDOGS story…

prana – Sanskrit word for vital life force –
the energy that runs through our bodies and gives us our spark

pranaDOGS – embracing and celebrating the energy that makes dogs, dogs

Marcy Eckhardt

Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Executive Director and Founder of pranaDOGS. Marcy is focused on improving the quality of life for dogs – specifically mixed breed and shelter/rescue dogs. She has spent the majority of her career working in different dog fields, expanding her knowledge, and giving her a well-rounded awareness of dogs as a whole. She specializes in helping traumatized dogs get their feet under them, and works hand-in-hand with La Plata County Humane Society in Durango, CO.

Why non-profit?

Shelters, Rescues and Fosters across the country work to rehome the dogs in their care. In some cases, those dogs need more than the organization can provide. Becoming non-profit allowed pranaDOGS to expand their services to more than one organization and subsequently help more dogs.

“Many people wanted to donate the cost of training an animal for their own humane society or rescue organization. As a non-profit, we are able to help those dogs, without having their organizations incur any expenses.”

There are only a handful of dog behavior and rehab centers across the country. Even fewer dedicated to shelter dogs. pranaDOGS receives requests from organizations throughout the four-corners area, hoping to get help for a particular dog. When room is available, and the dog is a good candidate, we take the dog in, work with them, then transfer them back to either the initial shelter or a partnering adoption organization.

Rehab Center

After years of working with dogs in her own home, in shelters and rescues directly, Marcy purchased a 20-acre parcel of land to expand her offerings. Located just outside Durango, pranaDOGS Behavior and Rehab Center includes acres of dog-friendly land, a 4 acre confidence course, with plans to build much more!