Hearts and Paws Dog Training
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Diana Smith, Co-Founder 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!"