Hearts and Paws
Together for Life
Hearts and Paws
  • We have lure coursing Thursdays at 4pm and Sundays at 3pm! $20 per session. Email mail.heartsandpaws@gmail.com to register!
  • Happy Howl-i-day Party: Dec 14 at 1:30pm!
U P C O M I N G   C L A S S E S:
Free Puppy Party: Jan 4 at 3:30 pm

Puppy Start Class:
- Saturdays, starts Jan 11 at 9:30 am
- Tuesdays, starts Dec 17 at 6:30 pm

Basic Companion Class:
- Saturdays, starts Jan 11 at 11 am
- Mondays, starts Jan 6 at 6:30 pm
- Wednesdays, starts Jan 8 at 10 am

Next Steps Class: Saturdays, starts Jan 4 at 12:30pm

Canine Good Citizen Workshop: Jan 11 at 2:30 pm

- Foundations (F1) begins Thursday Dec 5 at 7 pm
- Sequencing (S1) begins Wednesday Dec 4 at 6:15 pm
- Sequencing (S2) begins Wednesday Dec 4 at 7:30 pm

Nose Work: 
Intro to Nose Work (NW 1) begins Jan 9 at 7:30 pm
- Continuing Nose Work (NW 2) begins Jan 9 at 6 pm

- Novice Rally-O (6 wks) Sat 11/9 at 2pm
- Intermediate Rally-O (6 wks) Sun 11/3 at 11:30am
- Novice Rally-O Practice Sessions:  Sun 12/15 at 9am

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!"