Hearts and Paws
Together for Life
Hearts and Paws
FEATURED THIS WEEK:
  • Agility Open Play - starting May 25 at 6:30 pm until dark! 
  • ​Free puppy party - June 2 at 3:30 pm!
  • Register now for Club Pup Kids Camp! 
U P C O M I N G   C L A S S E S:

Ongoing Training:
 
Puppy Start Class:
- Saturdays, starting June 9 at 9:00 am​
- Tuesdays, starting June 12 at 6:30 pm 

Basic Companion Class:
​- Mondays, starting June 4 at 6:45 pm
- Saturdays, starting June 9 at 10:30 am

Nose Work 3 week mini class:
- Thursdays, starting May 31 at 6:30-7:30 pm for  Scent Work Foundation Building
- Thursdays, starting May 31 at 7:30-8:30 pm for Introduction to Odor

Foundations Agility - Level 1:
- Wednesday evenings, starting May 2 at 7:45 pm
​- Wednesday evenings, starting June 20 at 6:30 pm

Sequencing Agility - Level 2:
- Wednesday evenings, starting May 9 at 6:30 pm​
- Wednesday evenings, starting June 20 at 7:45 pm​


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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!"