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Classes & Training

La Plata County Humane Society hosts weekly classes to assist you with animal communication and excel with your dog(s).  pranaDOGS Basic Manners and Communication is an introductory class focused on relationship building by practicing and perfecting the Top 10 Behaviors all dogs need to know. These small classes are a perfect way to start a relationship with a new pet or restart training with a current one.

Opportunities to Work With Your Dog

Basic Manners – pranaDOGS offer Basic Manners & Communication classes through LPCHS. These small, in-person classes cover the Top 10 Behaviors all dogs need to know as well as problem solving and the basics around positive-reinforcement, choice-based training. We’re offering 2 opportunities to work with your pups: Thursday evenings or Saturday afternoons. Classes are 4-weeks long and each session is 90-min.

Advanced Manners – Advanced Manners takes the basic’s that your pup has learned and brings them to the next level. We practice the Top 10 behaviors out and about with special emphasis on leash manners and distance recalls (coming when called). Each 2-hour workshop takes place on Sunday afternoons at LPCHS. We work in small groups of 10 dogs or less and are outside for this class. This is a BOGO class – pay for one; come for two!

Dog Reactivity Workshops – Is your dog rude to other dogs or people? Then this workshop is for you. This 2-session clinic teaches pups a number of coping behaviors and then practices those behaviors with different dogs in different situations. Once you proceed through the Dog Reactive Workshop you’re invited to participate in Dog Reactive Alumni sessions at no charge.

Dog Reactive Alumni Sessions – Dogs need to practice in order to work through reactive behaviors. Alumni sessions take place in different parts of town to give pups and their people the opportunity to continue practicing and perfecting coping strategies. Sessions are scheduled through memorial day.

Stay & Learn – In 2020 pranaDOGS launched pranaDOGS Stay & Learn Program; a 2-3 weeks of on-site dog training clinic where your pup gets to come and live at pranaDOGS to learn household manners, the Top 10 behaviors and work through problem behaviors.

Manners and Communication Classes – Cost is $120

In addition to learning and practicing the Top 10 Behaviors, we also discuss problem solving, body language (yours and your pups), as well as building associations, different training methods and so much more. Each session ends with play time for the pups to ensure they maintain appropriate play skills. This is a 4-session class that meets once per week, 90 minutes per session. Upcoming sessions:

  • Saturday, 3/13/21 – 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, 4/8/21 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 4/10/21 – 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, 5/6/21 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 4/8/21 – 12:00 p.m.

Sessions are held at La Plata County Humane Society. The cost is $120, and sign-up is required. Weather permitting we’ll be working outside more than inside. Sign-up here if you’d like to enroll your pup in an upcoming classes.

Advanced Manners Classes – Cost is $49, Includes Two Sessions

Advanced Manners takes the basic’s that your pup has learned and brings them to the next level. We practice the Top 10 behaviors out and about with special emphasis on leash manners and distance recalls (coming when called).

Each 2-hour session begins and ends at LPCHS, allowing us to utilize a fenced-in area before heading out to the river trail. We work in small groups of 10 dogs or less and are outside for this class. Advanced manners sessions are $49 and sign-up includes 2 sessions.

  • March 21st 4pm
  • March 28th 4pm
  • April 11th 4pm
  • April 18th 4pm
  • April 25th 4pm
  • May 16th 4pm
  • May 23rd 4pm

Sign-up here if you’d like to enroll your pup in an upcoming classes.

Dog Reactivity Workshops for New & Returning Alumni – Cost is $120

So many dogs are difficult to walk due to their reactivity to other dogs. In this workshop we discuss strategies, tactics and management devices to help dogs not just deal with their reactivity but work through it so it goes away. Then we spend weeks practicing, practicing with other dogs, in different settings, with different weather conditions, etc.

How it works:
In the first session we discuss our goals and strategies to get our pups through their reactivity. We then teach them a few key behaviors and begin practicing. After the initial 2-hour session, we meet 2 weeks later to review, practice and add the next milestones. After that we meet every three weeks to practice in different settings, with different dogs and individuals. Cost is $120.

Once you’ve attended the first 2 sessions, you and your dog are encouraged to participate as alumni to continue practicing and perfecting the behaviors and help your pup loose their reactivity altogether.

All workshops take place at La Plata County Humane Society. Cost – $120 and includes alumni sessions!

Class schedule

New Students – We have Dog Reactive Workshops for new students scheduled for:

  • March 12th and 19th – 5:00 p.m.
  • April 9th and 16th – 5:00 p.m.
  • May 7th and 14th – 5:00 p.m.


Returning Students – Working your pup through their reactivity is a lot like speaking a new language; if you don’t practice and use it, you tend to lose it. Dogs need the practice to do well and to realize that doing well is expected 24/7. Please join us for these alumni practice sessions:

  • March 26th – 4:00 p.m. at Rotary Park
  • April 30th – 5:00 p.m. at BMX Park (behind Big5 plaza on Rivertrail)
  • May 21st – 5:00 p.m. at  2nd & 12th (1 block up from Buckley Park)

*Sign-up is required for ALL classes. To sign up, visit

Workshops Schedule

We’re thrilled to announce that we are teaming up for the second year to provide Dog Behavior & Training Workshops. These workshops focus on common problem behaviors, service dog training and canine good citizen testing. Each workshop offers solutions, tips and tricks, demonstrations and take home materials.

All workshops and trainings are held at La Plata County Humane Society, unless otherwise posted. Workshops are intimate with a total of 10 dogs (family members are invited to participate).

Workshops run from 9am-noon and include handouts, practice sessions and in some cases testing. Workshops that include testing, are available both with and without the test. Testing is an additional cost. 

  • Canine Good Citizen Workshop & Test
  • Dog Reactivity
  • Service Dog Workshop

Canine Good Citizen Workshop & Test
This morning workshop is an opportunity to review and practice – with your pup- the behaviors necessary for your dog to excel at the Canine Good Citizen Test. Workshop runs from 9am-noon; testing at 12:15, for those interested. Dogs are not required to test. Workshop only $125  Workshop & Test $ 175

Dog Reactivity
So many dogs are difficult to walk due to their reactivity to other dogs. In this half-day workshop and practice session, we’ll help you and your dog implement different coping strategies so you can both get out and have more enjoyable walks. Workshop only $210

Service Dog Workshop 
In this half-day workshop, we’ll practice training your dog on different tasks, specifically deep pressure therapy, nudging (stopping compulsive behaviors), and alerting. Dogs need to have basic manners before attending this workshop. Workshop only $125

Service Dogs      Can my Dog be a Service Dog?      Service Dogs and Training Hours

Sign-up is required for all Workshops. For more information and to sign-up, view our Event Calendar or visit,

About PranaDOGS

pranaDOGS is a non-profit501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for dogs by solving their behavior issues, training them to be good-mannered members of society and building their capacity to thrive.

pranaDOGS provides training and rehabilitation for dogs in shelter and rescue settings, for dogs who are between homes and for individuals struggling with behavior problems with their adopted dogs. Located on 20-acres near Durango, Colorado, pranaDOGS works to empower dogs with the skills they need to thrive in households and be well-mannered members of the community.

Paws Behind PranaDOGS

Executive Director, Marcy Eckhardt is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and has worked with dogs most of her career. After serving in the Air Force, she put herself through college as a groomer and veterinary technician. Marcy then ran a doggie daycare and grooming business then a boarding facility, and in 2011 published the book, The Ripple Effect; A novel exploring the Challenges and Triumphs of running an Animal Shelter.

In 2013 Marcy was credited with turning around a four-corners, high-euthanasia shelter in less than a year; dropping euthanasia rates by half and implementing progressive programs and solutions. Marcy is CPR Certified, an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and has been the Trainer/Behavior Consultant for La Plata County Humane Society since 2014. She specializes in improving communication between dogs and people and helping traumatized dogs get through their issues. For more information, please visit or email

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