1-Week Hands-On Workshops in Austin, TX
If you are looking for an in-depth learning experience alongside world-class trainers, then the Austin hands-on workshop is for you. We provide the dogs & the pro facility – just bring your desire to learn!
Diana Smith, CPDT-KA
Instructor, Austin Dog Trainer Workshops
Owner – Hearts and Paws
Diana Smith is the owner of Austin’s Hearts and Paws training center, the founder of Pup Kids and Dogs Camp, and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer with over 25 years of experience. 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.
In addition to being strongly rooted in the fundamentals of obedience and manners training, Diana’s many areas of study have included treatment programs for separation anxiety, phobias, aggression issues, and obsessive compulsive disorders, as well as the genetic and medical influences on these problems. Diana also has experience in a wide range of training activities,
having shown dogs competitively in obedience, agility, rally, conformation, field trials, and working trials. She holds several titles!
On the public service side, 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 also developed Club Pup Kids and Dogs Camp – the largest and longest running (14 years) kids with dogs camp nationwide and Austin’s favorite summer program for children and teenagers with their dogs. Last, but not least, Diana is a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator and a charter member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), the largest international body of dog trainers and a leading organization in the industry for continuing education.
What Students Are Saying:
“Diana and her team are skilled trainers and have the ability to communicate clearly with students. They used demonstrations with their dogs and new dogs to bring home the point. They took the time to get to know us and why we were at the training and gave us specific information that would help us based on our situations. Great week spent with people who love being around dogs and are committed to their physical and mental well-being.” – Lynn F. 2017 Graduate
“It was a fantastic experience acquiring true hands-on education in dog training. The instructors included a lot of variety and kept it fun. It was so rewarding to be a part of the process to train shelter dogs, which will hopefully make them more adoptable. The five days flew by and I was sorry to see it end.” – Jen B. 2017 Graduate
“I learned so much at this workshop; not just the mechanics, but also about the dogs we worked with. It was an eye-opening experience to work with fresh dogs, with a wide range of temperaments and capabilities, and to see their potential. I loved it!” – Lesley W. 2017 Graduate