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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. 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.

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 3-session class which meets once per week, 2-hours per session. Upcoming sessions:

The cost is $99. Sign-up required. Sign-up here if you’d like to enroll your pup in an upcoming class. Classes are held outside behind the shelter on the river trail. All students should park in the LPCHS parking lot. To view upcoming classes, check out our Event Calendar.

Manners and Communication Classes – Cost is $99

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays: This introductory class focuses 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.Classes are restricted to 8 dogs max per class and 1-2 people per dog max. Cost is $99 for 3 weeks. Sign up is required. Visit pranadogs to sign up!

6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays , Level 2 (Advanced): Practices basic behaviors in an advanced format. Work on staying and coming from 20′ away with other dogs present, leash manners and advanced impulse control. Level 2 provides everything needed for a good mannered dog. These classes are NOT for new students, but for currently enrolled students.

Dog Reactivity Classes and Workshops – Cost is $99

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 $99.

Bonus: Once you’ve attended the first two sessions, you’re invited to participate in any upcoming sessions to continue as alumni and help your dog get their practice in.

New Students – We have Dog Reactive Workshops scheduled for

  • June 26th
  • July 17th and
  • Aug 7th

All workshops are 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and take place at LPCHS. Sign up here for Dog Reactivity Classes & Workshops

*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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