Your dog deserves the best dog training in LA.
Fun Paw Care is the only Certified Dog Behaviorist and Trainer-owned-and-operated private members-only hotel dog boarding, dog daycare and dog training school in Los Angeles. With 30+ years of happy-dog experience, we train dogs (and thrill parents) in Malibu, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Venice, Manhattan Beach, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Calabasas, Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Hollywood, Palos Verdes, and elsewhere in Greater Los Angeles. Read on to see what makes us different, or contact Fun Paw Care today.

Russell is a gifted trainer. Thank you for your dedication and compassion for training & helping homeless dogs.

Dr. Jane Goodall

…Russell is sweet and very effective when handling my very different dogs and I have seen amazing dog training and behavior results since their introduction. If you are looking for someone who has the utmost respect for your animal, is prompt and courteous, and values education and safety above all else, Fun Paw Care is the last place you need to look.

TED Talks Founders, Vanessa Wurman, and family

Russell is not only one of my dearest friends, but the guru of dog training, behavior and all things dog!

Steve Guttenberg

Thank you so much Russell for your help and dog magic!

With gratitude

Alan Faena & Ximena Caminos

Thank you for all of your help and the best dog training…Brilliant! Love & Light

Naomi Campbell & Vladislav Doronin

Thank you so much for your dog training and behavior services. We really appreciate your generous dog training donation to our event and foundation.

Dwyane Wade & Gabrielle Union

You are so impressive; I cannot believe how much you know about dogs and how fast the dogs are learning. Thank you for training our dogs and helping us!

The Bee Gees, Barry Gibb and family

I’ve not seen a trainer with his level of experience and ability in my almost 20 years of practice in South Florida. For the people and pets that make up the VCA Animal Hospital family, there’s no one we trust more with dog training, care and behavior issues than Russell and Fun Paw Care…

Dr. Mike Tenzer, VCA Animal Hospital

As a veterinarian I have known Russell for some years… His dedication, professionalism, depth of knowledge and passion for animals are evident…The techniques he utilizes and teaches are clear and effective… I am over the moon to have his help and will not hesitate to recommend Fun Paw Care to all my clients, family and friends.

Dr. Lori Walter

Wow, Russell is proof that you don’t need to have a heavy hand for dogs to learn quickly. You’re amazing, we’re converted! Thank you so much, for your help.

Gabrielle Anwar & Shareef Malnik

What an amazing change you have made in our lives and the lives of our little Pekinese, Lulabelle!! We had many trainers over the last 3 years before meeting you. We consider it a miracle that we met you…

Dr. Carol K. & Lulabelle

The Fun Paw Care Dog Behavior Philosophy

You can love and accept your dog AND still want to strengthen your bond with him or her.  We believe that’s noble.  We also know it can be done, and we know exactly how to do it.

Fun Paw Care’s experience, expertise, scientific knowledge, and plain old love of dogs can bring out your dog’s best.  Your newfound understanding of and relationship with your dog can bring out your best, too.

Our specific services include elite dog training, puppy training, service dog training, dog-cat pet training relationship improvement, luxury dog boarding, customized dog daycare, pet nutrition counseling and phone consultations.  You can get started today, or read on to see what makes us a perfect fit for you.

Who’s Russell Hartstein?

Fun Paw Care was founded and is run by renowned ethologist, animal behaviorist, dog trainer and pet expert Russell Hartstein.  Russ actively studies and teaches canine and feline ethology, psychology, cognitive ethology, dog training, evolution, physiology, neurobiology, sociology, nutrition, learning theory, and animal husbandry.  Russ is a force-free and fear-free Certified Trainer and teaches and takes continuing education units (“CEUs”) every year based on the most current knowledge related to the animal behavioral sciences.

What makes Russ the best dog trainer in Los Angeles, and why do dog parents choose Fun Paw Care?

Sophisticated Service for Prestigious Pets

  • Results you can pat, cuddle with, play with, and love for many years to come.  In over 30 years of working with dogs, Russ has seen the results of a humane, compassionate, educated, fear-free, force-free, positive-reinforcement approach to dog training.  We know you’ll love the results, too.
  • Russ is a Master Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC - one of fewer than 200 worldwide) and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT).  He has over 30 years of experience in teaching families, dog trainers, and behaviorists.  Along the way, Russ completed graduate-level course work in canine Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • We offer a boutique service.  Why is that important in a dog trainer?  Simply because we can devote more time and more effort to your and your dog’s unique needs.  Boutique means more detail, specialization, and personalization. The art and science of dog training, behavior and relationships. When you are a Fun Paw Care client and you have a question or request, you won’t get a secretary or answering machine.  You’ll get Russ personally, just as he personally will train your dog and work with your family.
  • We are exclusive: high-touch and low-volume.  That means we turn away more would-be clients than we’d like to, and many dog parents even here in LA may consider our service “too” high-end anyway.  If there isn’t much you consider too high-end for your dog and often torture yourself to find the best, then we may be the perfect fit.
  • Russ is a renaissance trainer - a man of many doggie disciplines, a pawlymath.  Fun Paw Care has built its reputation on the loving relationships we develop between dogs and dog parents.  But part of what allows us to do that is our knowledge of current canine science, ethology, cognitive ethology, training, husbandry, and nutrition.  We regularly teach and take continuing education classes and workshops to keep ourselves updated on the latest scientific breakthroughs in dog behavior modification techniques.  In a field with no regulation, we are voluntarily certified dog trainers and behaviorists, held to the highest standards and never stop learning.  There’s an infinity to discover about dogs, including your dog.
  • We have a cheesy (but memorable) acronym that sums up our approach.  Just remember SHIRT: Safety, Honesty, Integrity, Respect, and Trust.  Those are the values that connect us with your dog, helping your dog become your best friend as never before.
  • We are generous with our time and often exceed session limits.
  • Russ is regarded by other industry professionals, trainers and behaviorists as one of the most talented, accomplished, experienced, and educated professional dog trainers anywhere.  He also is an internationally renowned published writer and speaker on animal behavior.
  • We’re dog-behavior consultants to many Los Angeles veterinarians, humane societies, rescue organizations, and pet stores.
  • Russ is what you might call a stunt trainer: He’s a trainer other Los Angeles-area dog behaviorists call when they could use help.
  • Russ has written for and been recognized as a preeminent dog trainer by: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NBC, CBS, Reader’s Digest, Business Insider, MarketWatch, LIVESTRONG, Business News Daily, EliteDaily, Martha Stewart, PetMD, Chewy, PetSmart, VetStreet, American Kennel Club (AKC), Animal Wellness Magazine, Dogster, Catster, Rover, Yahoo, MSN, AOL, Realtor.com, Travel & Leisure, Apartment Therapy, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB), International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and countless other independent press, television, publications, journals and media outlets.
  • We’re every bit as into the complete dog lifestyle as you are.  We regularly volunteer and donate our time, expertise, and profits to homeless animals, animal rights groups, philanthropies, shelters, rescue organizations, and free community educational seminars.

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Pet Services

Phone/Video Consultation

It doesn’t matter where in the world you are, now you can speak with dog training and behavior expert Russell Hartstein CDBC, CPDT via phone/video consultation in the comfort of your own home from anywhere in the world!

Dog Training

Whether it’s been a long time since you’ve had a puppy, you’re a first-time parent, or your dog is uncontrollable and has serious behavioral problems if you are looking for dog training in Los Angeles California, or Greater Los Angeles, we can help.

Puppy Training

Whether the issue is that your puppy is too energetic or just plain difficult, the seasoned professionals at Fun Paw Care can help stop your puppy’s bad habits and form great ones. Some of the many areas we work on are biting, chewing, barking, leash training, socializing and house training.

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Dog Day Care

Our Los Angeles Dog Daycare is a first-class, private, designed and structured dog park where well-balanced, well-behaved, social, affable dogs go to socialize, play, exercise and hang out with their friends.

Hotel Dog Boarding

Leave your dog in the hands of certified expert behaviorists and dog trainers that will care for your pet as their own and provide holistic, integrative, and optimal personal care and attention while you’re away. We offer the most sophisticated and comprehensive best hotel dog boarding in Los Angeles California.

Service Dog Training

Our premier service dog training is individually catered to your disability and schedule. If you are a person with a disability that would benefit from a trained service dog, we can help. Fun Paw Care trains service dogs in your home or ours.

CGC, Therapy Dog, & ESA

Whether you want a therapy dog, canine good citizen, or trained emotional support animal, Fun Paw Care will help with all of your canine training needs.

Dog Walking & Running

The key to a happy dog is walks, walks, and more walks. Let Fun Paw Care take your dog/s out for exercise around the neighborhood with plenty of physical and mental stimulation and T.L.C. with our dog walker Beverly Hills and Los Angeles services.

Hotel Cat Boarding

Our cat boarding hotel is the perfect solution for professionals with busy lifestyles or when on vacation. Rest assured leaving your feline in the hands of cat behaviorist.

Additional Services

Looking for something different than dog walking, dog boarding, pet sitting and Los Angeles dog and puppy training? Services don’t fit what you’re looking for? Just ask, we always do our best to customize and cater to parents and pet’s needs.

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Expert Witness

Dog aggression and bite expert witness Russell Hartstein, CDBC, CPDT guides attorney’s, in legal matters. If you are a lawyer with a dog bite, aggression or discrimination case, call today!


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Jane Goodall & Russell Hartstein

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Miami Mayor Philip Levine & Russell Hartstein

Russ’s Los Angeles Dog Training Certifications, Professional Affiliations, and Achievements

  • Binghamton University, B.A. With Honors
  • Utah State University, Certified in Applied Behavior Analysis, Living & Learning With Animals, The Science & Technology of Behavior Change ~ Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D., Department of Psychology
  • Certified Dog Behavior Consultants (CDBCs)  – one of fewer than 200 worldwide – certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).  Fun Paw Care is Los Angeles’s only members-only hotel dog boarding and dog daycare operated and run by a CDBC.
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).
  • Dr. Jane Goodall (renowned primatologist, anthropologist and United Nations Messenger of Peace) chose to work with Russ to help with homeless dogs, training, and behavior.
  • Awarded prestigious honors from Dr. Jane Goodall and Certificate of Recognition, by the Mayor and Commissioners.
  • Board member of the Disability Access Committee (D.A.C.) appointed by two consecutive Mayors for dog and puppy training, behavior, and animal behavior leadership and expertise for over ten years.
  • Nationally recognized dog bite and aggression expert witness
  • Certified Fear Free Professional Trainer
  • Professional member of the force-free, Pet Professional Guild (PPG)
  • Professional member of  the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals (AABP)
  • Member of the Animal Behavior Society (ABS)
  • Awarded Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator by the American Kennel Club (AKC)
  • Russ is an MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) practitioner and meditator studying with the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Medicine, Division of Preventative and Behavioral Medicine with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., founder of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, & Society
  • Certified in CPR & First Aid for dogs (and cats)
  • Accredited A+ Member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB)

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Your dog deserves the best dog training in LA.
Fun Paw Care is the only Certified Dog Behaviorist and Trainer-owned-and-operated private members-only hotel dog boarding, dog daycare and dog training school in Los Angeles. With 30+ years of happy-dog experience, we train dogs (and thrill parents) in Malibu, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Venice, Manhattan Beach, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Calabasas, Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Hollywood, Palos Verdes, and elsewhere in Greater Los Angeles. Read on to see what makes us different, or contact Fun Paw Care today.