Hearts and Paws
Together for Life
Hearts and Paws
Dog Lovers and Students:

Starting the first week of April we will be live streaming via Zoom using a format where we can watch you as we give instructions and answer questions on the spot.  Your classes will be held at the same time as previously scheduled.  We will be sending you instructions on how to attend. You can watch these sessions on your home computer.  There is no additional fee for programs or software. 

Daycare and Boarding Clients: 
Due to the Shelter in Place order most of you are working from home / not traveling.  For those of you who still have to go into your workplace, we are allowed to service your dogs.  There are staff who are able to attend to their needs. We do however need you to let us know when you are coming in (day and time) so we can have someone available to greet you from our office. Please call 512-249-7255 when you arrive, and we will meet you at your car. 

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.

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!"