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 training perfecting the skills that already 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.
The pranaDOGS Team
Development Coordinator and Veterinary Technician
Adoption Manager and Tech Guru
Foster dog care and enrichment