Hearts and Paws
Together for Life
Hearts and Paws

FEATURED THIS WEEK:
  • Foundations Agility Class begins August 22 at 6:30 pm!
  • Basic Companion Class begins August 27 at 6:45 pm!
  • Free Puppy Party September 1 at 3:30pm!

​Are you a serious dog lover who wants to learn training techniques? Have you always had a connection with animals and wanted to work with them? Join our Professional Dog Training Skills Workshop Sept 12-16! Workshops are filling up quickly so don't miss out on this unforgettable learning opportunity! 

U P C O M I N G   C L A S S E S:
 
Puppy Start Class:
​- Tuesdays, starting August 7 at 6:30 pm 
- Saturdays, starting August 18 at 9:00 am​

Basic Companion Class:
​- Mondays, starting August 27 at 6:45 pm.
       *Class will not meet on Sept 3 due to Labor Day holiday.
- Saturdays, starting September 15 at 10:30 am

​Agility Classes:
- Foundations Agility ( Level 1):  Wednesdays, starting August 22 at 6:30 pm
- Sequencing Agility (Level 2):  Wednesdays, starting August 29 at 7:45 pm​

Nose Work:
- Intro to Scent Work (Level 1): Thursdays, starting Sept 6 at 6:30 pm 
- Continuing Scent Work (Level 2): Thursdays, starting Sept 6 at 7:30 pm

Canine Good Citizen Workshop & Test: Saturday, September 8 at 3:30 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.

Hearts and Paws' programs use reward-based methods based on 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 up to shelters are owner-surrendered, misbehaving adolescents. Whether you have a new puppy, adopted dog, or boisterous adolescent, we can give you information 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!"