Hearts and Paws
Together for Life
Hearts and Paws
  • Novice Rally-O: 6 week class begins Sunday 9/22 at 11 am!
  • Free Puppy Party: Sept 14 at 3:30 pm
U P C O M I N G   C L A S S E S:

Puppy Start Class:
- Saturdays, starts Sept 28 at 9:00 am
- Tuesdays, starts Sept 10 at 6:30 pm

Basic Companion Class:
- Saturdays, starts Sept 28 at 10:30 am
- Mondays, starts Oct 21 at 6:30 pm

Novice Rally-O: 6 week class begins Sunday, Sept 22 at 11 am

Novice Rally-O Practice Sessions:
- Thurs Sept 12 at 12 pm
- Sun Sept 15 at 11 am
- Sun Sept 22 at 9 am
- Sun Sept 29 at 9 am
- Sun Oct 6 at 9 am

Free Puppy Party: Sept 14 at 3:30 pm

Next Steps Class: starts Saturday, Sept 7 at 12 pm

Nose Work:
- Intro to Nose Work starts Sept 19 at 7:30 pm & Oct 24 at 7:30 pm
- Continuing Nose Work starts Sept 19 at 6:30 pm

- Foundations: (6 weeks: $185) starting Thursday August 8 at 7 pm
- Sequencing: (6 weeks: $185) starting Wednesday July 24 at 7 pm

Click HERE  to register

Diana Smith, Owner of Hearts and Paws and Club Pup Kids Camps - Canine Behaviorist

Diana Smith has over 25 years of training experience and is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). She has over 2,000 hours of study with some of the world's leading dog behaviorists including Dr. Ian Dunbar, John Fisher, and John Rogerson. These course studies focused on treatment programs for separation anxiety, phobias, aggression issues (over ten types), obsessive compulsive disorders, as well as genetic and medical influences on these problems. As a charter member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the largest international body of dog trainers, she has also provided an additional venue for continuing education and professional support.

In addition, Diana has worked with local animal shelters and rescue groups to train volunteers on temperament testing and behavior management. Most notable of these is the Austin Humane Society’s Behavior Rehoming Adoption Training Team (BRATT) which is still being used today. Diana is a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator and holds classes and tests for this program several times a year. Diana has also shown dogs competitively in obedience, agility, rally, conformation, field trials, and working trials and holds several titles.

Fourteen years ago, Diana developed Club Pup Kids and Dogs Camp--the largest and longest running kids with dogs camp nationwide and Austin's favorite summer program for children and teenagers with their dogs.

Does your dog need some training?

Our main purpose in all our training programs is to support quality relationships between human and canine family members. We use reward-based methods based on proven learning theory. Teaching the dog the right behavior as the best choice lessens the frequency of the wrong behavior and minimizes the need for frequent corrections. This methodology promotes more affinity and attention from your dog to you. National studies show that the majority of dogs given to shelters are owner-surrendered, misbehaving adolescents. Whether you have a new puppy, adopted dog, or boisterous adolescent, we can give you info and strategies that will help you deal with problems such as barking, digging, chewing, housetraining, running off, jumping up and more. We want to help you keep your dog and have a quality relationship. Our motto is "Together For Life!"