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Posted on August 25th, 2014

What is Canine Freestyle?

Canine freestyle is a showcase that truly demonstrates the joys and fun of bonding with your pet." Musical Canine Freestyle or just Canine Freestyle is simply dancing with dogs to music. It is a fun sport for the owners and dogs, and the audience.

Workshop Details:

"Dancing with Dogs" Canine Freestyle Workshop
Sunday Setember 7th from 2-5 p.m. ($60)

Who is Shari Heino?

Shari has been training dogs for most of her life. She has earned a variety of titles in freestyle, agility and flyball with her dogs. She has been teaching freestyle since the fall of 2007. Her prior dog training instruction experience includes teaching all levels of agility classes and developing a curriculum for an entire agility training program. Shari has been competing in freestyle since 2008 and has titled several dogs in various levels of competition. In addition to titles and placements, Shari and her dogs have received many special awards for their creative moves, choreography and musical interpretation at competitions. Shari also performs with her dogs at local events. Most of Shari’s dogs are rescue dogs. Shari has a background in ballroom dancing and extensive popular musical knowledge thanks to her experience as a mobile DJ.

Posted on February 20th, 2010

2/20/2010 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Hearts & Paws
13033 FM 2769
Austin, TX 78726
During this workshop you will see live demonstrations and learn by
working with your own dog. You will learn how to give a relaxation
massage and receive individual instruction from a professional therapist.

* Help your dog relax in stressful situations.
* Learn how essential oils can improve physical and mental health.
* Discover the effects of massage on injury and physical disorders.
* Build an improved immune system using massage.
* Improve relationship between you and your dog.

Please bring a blanket or pillow for your dog and a pillow for
yourself to sit on. Class size is limited to 12 dogs. Please make your
reservation through Hearts and Paws. The cost is $40.

Click here to register today!

Christina Hardinger is a certified canine massage practitioner and a
large and small animal acupressure therapist. Christina has worked
with more than 150 dogs over the past two years, helping dogs get
relief from issues ranging from dysplasia pain to anxiety. She is
often found at agility trials in Central Texas and has worked with
several rescues and dog trainers in the Austin area.

For more information about the seminar, please contact Christina at

by Trevor on November 13th, 2009

Something that most of our clients do not know about Hearts and Paws is that we offer a boarding and training program. This is something that we have always offered but now have dedicated a portion of out website to it. We have also added a new program for daycare and training. Check out both these options below.
Find it difficult to commit to a weekly class? Stay and Train are training programs that allow you to leave your dog with Hearts and Paws and get the training they need.

* Super-Dog Camp (Board and Train)
* Doggie Day Camp (Daycare and Train)
* Touch Up Camp (Brush up on training skills)

Posted on August 27th, 2009

Whether you are looking for a dog, have a dog, or work with dogs this seminar is something that every person should attend!
What, When, and Where?

Clarion Inn & Suites Conference Center
2200 IH–35 South, Austin TX 78704

Friday (9:30am-5:00pm): Dominance (?!?), Fighting, Biting, Compliance & Punishment
Saturday (9:30am-5:00pm): Quantitatively & Qualitatively Raising the Bar in Dog Training
Sunday (9:30am-5:00pm): Teaching Puppy Classes, Adult Classes & Playing Games

$270 Early-Bird 3-Day (on or before 30th September 2009)
$360 Late-Bird 3-Day (after 30th September 2009)
$145 Single Day (on a space-available basis)
Lunch is not included

Register at this link: https://www.jamesandkenneth.com/store/show/EAT-001
Dr. Ian Dunbar is a veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and writer. Dr. Dunbar received his veterinary degree and a Special Honors degree in Physiology & Biochemistry from the Royal Veterinary College (London University) and a doctorate in animal behavior from the Psychology Department at the University of California in Berkeley, where he spent ten years researching olfactory communication, the development of hierarchical social behavior, and aggression in domestic dogs.

Dr. Dunbar is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the International Society for Applied Ethology, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, the California Veterinary Medical Association, the Sierra Veterinary Medical Association, and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (which he founded).

Dr. Dunbar joined the Society for Veterinary Ethology (now the International Society for Applied Ethology) over 35 years ago, at which time he was the only member specializing in dog and cat behavior problems. Later he was involved in the establishment of the American SVE (now the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior).

Dr. Dunbar has written numerous books, including How To Teach A New Dog Old Tricks, the Good Little Dog Book and a series of Behavior Booklets—separate educational booklets on each of the most common pet behavior problems. Additionally, Ian has hosted eleven videotapes on puppy/dog behavior and training, including SIRIUS® Puppy Training, Training Dogs With Dunbar and Every Picture Tells A Story. All his videos have won a variety of awards. The famous SIRIUS Puppy Training video (the first dog training video ever produced) remains the all-time best selling dog video. For three years running the SIRIUS® video has always been voted the #1 BEST DOG TRAINING VIDEO by the Association of Pet Dog trainers-the largest and most influential association of dog trainers in the world.

Before SIRIUS® Puppy Training Classes there were simply no puppy classes-Dr. Dunbar developed them in 1981. Dr. Mary Lee Nitschke, the principal of Animal School in Oregon, has divided dog training into "the push-pull pre-SIRIUS Dark Ages and the post-SIRIUS era of dog-friendly dog training."

Jean Donaldson, the author of The Culture Clash, summarizes the colossal effect of the SIRIUS video as follows. "SIRIUS Puppy Training is the video which changed dog training. It remains the best video on positive methods and early socialization available today. Some fields are lucky enough to be granted a giant: a figure whose contributions inspire awe and are unsurpassable. Ian Dunbar is that in dog behavior. There is no single person on the face of the planet to whom dog trainers and owners (not to mention dogs) owe more."

Certainly, the SIRIUS® Puppy Training video had a dramatic influence on the pet dog fancy, completely changing the way dogs are trained in a number of countries around the world. Dr. Dunbar's unique lure/reward, off-leash training techniques provided a delightful alternative to inane and inhumane leash jerking. In a sense, SIRIUS took the jerks out of training. SIRIUS techniques have been adopted and adapted by most thinking and caring dog trainers worldwide.

Dr. Dunbar was invited to develop and write (for over seven years) the American Kennel Club's Gazette "Behavior" column, which was voted Best Dog Column for a number of years in succession by the Dog Writers' Association of America.

In 1993, Dr. Dunbar founded the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) in the United States and organized the first two Annual Conferences. Dr. Dunbar's current project is the creation of the K9 GAMES®-an exciting spectator event featuring fast-moving, motivating, competitive games for dogs and owners. Dr. Dunbar's favorite claim to fame was his 1996 induction to the Dog Fancy Hall of Fame along with four of his heroes-James Herriot, Konrad Lorenz, Lassie, and Balto.

Ian has been lecturing to veterinarians and dog clubs for over thirty years. In fact, since 1986 he has conducted over 800 days of seminar and workshop for trainers and veterinarians around the world. There are very few educated trainers who have not been strongly influenced by Dr. Dunbar's fun & games, from-the-animal's-point-of-view, dog-friendly dog training.

Dr. Dunbar is peerless in his field; there is simply no other person who has Dr. Dunbar's qualifications, experience, and expertise in the realm of modern psychological dog training and behavior counseling-fields which Dr. Dunbar has played a major role in developing over the past 25 years.

by Trevor Smith on August 27th, 2009

Hearts and Paws has been helping families with dogs for years! If you are looking for a new dog and do not know what to get, we can definitely help with making a choice that suits your needs. If you are looking for a puppy/adult dog /purebred or mixed breed let us help you find reliable breeders or rescue groups to make your choice successful for your current and future life stages.

We can help you pick out your dog when you go to pick it up, whether being from a breeder, local shelter, or rescue group. Our trainers can be there for you to make sure the dog is healthy physically as well as socially! It is one of the many services that Hearts and Paws offers to help you be happier as a whole family.

Contact us today by clicking on this link!