Hearts and Paws
Together for Life
Hearts and Paws
       *Canine Good Citizen Test - Saturday, January 20th, 2018
                 *Workshop at 3pm and Testing at 4pm

NEW!!! Nose Work Class
      *Six week course starting Thursday, February 22nd at 6:30 p.m.
      *Fun, new way to connect with your canine!

UPCOMING!! Professional Dog Training Workshop:
       *Learn and Grow in your Professional Dog Training Skills
       *Train Any Behavior, Get Lasting Results
       *February 15th-19th, 2018 at Hearts and Paws Facility in Austin
       *Hands-on, 5-day Immersive Workshop 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
       *In conjunction with CATCH Canine Trainers Academy   
U P C O M I N G   C L A S S E S:

Intro to Agility Workshop - TBA 

Ongoing Training:​
*Loose Leash Walking Mini Course: Thursdays, starting January 25th at 6:30 p.m.

*Free Puppy Party: Saturday, February 10th 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. 
*Puppy Start Class:
       - Tuesdays, starting January 30th at 6:30 p.m.
       - Saturdays, starting February 3rd at 9:00 a.m. 
                        *Note: No Class on Saturday, February 17th.
       - Tuesdays, starting February 27th at 6:30 p.m.

*Basic Companion Class:
       - Mondays, starting February 19th at 6:30 p.m.
       - Saturdays, starting February 24th at 10:30 a.m.

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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. A great way to find out more about all of our classes is to attend one of our regularly scheduled FREE Home Manners Classes.

We offer the Home Manners classes for FREE because 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, this class is designed to 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!"