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

pranaDOGS is an onsite behavior & rehab center for dogs

Located in southwest Colorado, pranaDOGS helps canines who have experienced trauma, are overly anxious or who just need focused, personal time. The dogs live in small, group settings where they’re able to improve their dog-dog skills and overall manners.

pranaDOGS utilizes solid routines, individual training, hiking, puzzle solving and play to encourage dogs to relax and eventually build the confidence they need to succeed.

As individuals, dogs are unique and the time it takes to help them varies. Some dogs are assessed, do the work and quickly leave, while others may need months. But no matter the time, they all follow the same system; a system that’s worked for more than a hundred dogs!

Many of the dogs who come to pranaDOGS have made bad decisions. Some reacted badly to other dogs while others have a bite history. Some are just pushy or rude. Since we can’t foresee every situation they’re going to encounter in the future, we teach them coping mechanisms; go-to behaviors they can employ anytime life gets uncomfortable. Then we practice – a lot, in all different situations; until it becomes second nature.

 

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 very few 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 adopt them out ourselves.

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, Colorado, pranaDOGS Behavior and Rehab Center includes acres of dog-friendly land, a 4 acre confidence course, multiple fenced in yards and equipment and coming soon…..play yards for classes and confidence course for pD Alumni!

The woman behind pranaDOGS

Marcy Eckhardt is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Executive Director of pranaDOGS Behavior & Rehab Center and Canine Behavior Coach at La plata County Humane Society.

Marcy was focused on dogs for as long as she could remember, not satisfied with just training the basic behaviors, as a teenager she taught the family dog how to husk corn. But it wasn’t until tragedy struck and her family was torn apart that she leaned into them completely.

Dogs saved me when I was a kid. When the world made no sense, I focused on dogs and all was okay. As I grew up, anytime things got crazy I found myself focusing on dogs, and things turned out. Dogs have always been my best friends. They give me confidence and teach me something every day. I am committed to spending my life improving the quality of theirs.”

After serving in the Air Force and receiving her Bachelor’s degree, Marcy found herself in the world of animal welfare and never left. She’s worked as a veterinary technician, doggie day care director, shelter consultant, executive director and has authored the book, The Ripple Effect; a story of the triumphs and challenges of running an open-admission animal shelter.

Focused on mixed-breed dogs, Marcy has spent years working in and for animal-welfare agencies and with those individuals who’ve adopted animals. After publishing, The Ripple Effect, Marcy went on to work as a shelter consultant focused on empowering individuals and helping shelters increase their live-release-rates. In 2013 she was hired to improve the standards at Farmington Regional Shelter, while there she implemented a foster program, improved the transfer program, moved the organization into a new and improved space and doubled the live-release-rate.

After her time in Farmington, Marcy decided to focus her attentions to dog training and behavior. After a year of study and trainer perfecting the skills that came naturally for her, she was hired as La plata County Humane Societies Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant and has remained there ever since.

Realizing the need for off-site rehabilitation, in 2017, Marcy founded pranaDOGS Behavior & Rehab Center, a not-for-profit committed to education and training. This 20-acre dog paradise houses dogs from different organizations while they work through their issues and learn how to be polite and well-mannered members of society.

pranaDOGS specializes in helping dogs develop coping mechanisms and setting dogs up for success by equipping them with tools and appropriate go-to behaviors. Working with shelters, rescues, fosters and adopters, pranaDOGS is committed to improving the quality of life for dogs and helping others do the same.