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

Best Los Angeles Puppy & Dog Training, Behaviorist, & Elite Pet Care Service

Sophisticated Service for Prestigious Pets

Why do parents choose Fun Paw Care?

  • Results! Humane, compassionate, educated, fear/force-free efficacious results to cultivate a long-lasting and loving relationship with your dog!
  • We are a boutique certified professional dog training and behavior service. Why is that special? Unparalleled attention to detail, excellence, specialization, and personalization. The art and science of dog training, behavior and relationships. Once you are a client, when you write or call you will not get phone trees or secretaries relaying messages or automated responses. Russell Hartstein personally answers and returns your phone calls, emails and will be personally training your dog and teaching your family. We serve a sophisticated and specialized clientele that demand the best. We are a boutique, exclusive business offering highly customized non-volume services. We thrive on individuality, subtle details, and customized training solutions.
  • Our passion and dedication involve perfecting our pet families experience, education, dog training and offering sophisticated pet care services. Fun Paw Care's highly personalized and customizable pet care services are for those discriminating individuals that know and appreciate the best.
  • Over the years we have built a reputation on creating loving relationships, reliability, trust, integrity and implementing the most up-to-date scientific knowledge in dog training, ethology, cognitive ethology and nutrition, all while holding ourselves to the highest ethical standards. In a business with no regulation, we strive to go above and beyond our client's expectations.
  • We provide unmatched service, quality, and integrity with all Fun Paw Care family members
  • Unlike many other dog trainers and behavior specialists, we do not cut corners, work on volume, or support the status quo. We never compromise quality, passion, education, or experience.
  • Integrity, Transparency, Honesty, Safety, Respect, and Accountability
  • Our attention to detail and client experience is unsurpassed
  • We are regarded by industry professionals, trainers and behaviorists as some of the most talented, accomplished, experienced and educated professional training and behavior team
  • Our passion, relentless commitment to excellence and teaching continuing education on the newest force-free training techniques and advances in the industry are unrivaled
  • We de-emphasize volume, are Anti-Scale, and cater to unique schedules and individuals both human and dog
  • We are generous with our time and often exceed session limits
  • Graduate-level course work in canine Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Top-notch Education, Experience, Expertise & Results
  • International renowned published writer and speaker on animal behavior
  • Master Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) encompassing over 30 years of experience teaching families, dog trainers and behaviorists
  • Regularly volunteer and donate our time, expertise and profits to homeless animals, animal rights groups, philanthropies, shelters, rescue organizations, and free community educational seminars
  • We take our careers seriously. We regularly teach and take continuing education classes and workshops to keep ourselves updated on the latest scientific breakthroughs in dog behavior modification techniques
  • We have been regularly writing for, cited/interviewed/featured in and recognized as industry leaders by: The New York Times, 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,, 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.

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We are proud to be the behavioral consultants and trainers chosen by many Los Angeles veterinarians, humane societies, rescue organizations, and pet stores. Russell is one of less than 200 Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC's) worldwide, certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), the only independent, psychometrically sound, international testing and certification body. The IAABC and CCPDT certification tests are put together by an independent council of world-renowned doctors and scientists in the fields of canine and feline ethology, psychology, cognitive ethology, dog training, evolution, physiology, neurobiology, sociology, nutrition, learning theory, and animal husbandry. Russell is force-free and fear-free Certified Trainer and teaches and takes continuing educations unit's (CEU's) every year based on the most current knowledge related to the animal behavioral sciences that were created by renowned expert veterinarians, behaviorists and dog trainers including the founding members of the IAABC.

Fun Paw Care was founded by renowned ethologist, animal behaviorist, dog trainer and pet expert Russell Hartstein, a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) in Los Angeles CA. With over 30 years of experience, Fun Paw Care provides expert certified professional dog training, puppy training, nutrition, service dog training, dog boarding, and dog daycare services.

The team at Fun Paw Care provides the most current, humane and science-based methods, utilizing force-free positive reinforcement to train and care for your loved ones. When other dog trainers and behaviorists need help with a difficult dog training or behavior problem, they turn to Russell Hartstein and Fun Paw Care for their decades of experience, excellence, and expertise. Fun Paw Care is a community of people who are passionate about pet care, ethology, cognitive ethology, dog training, and nutrition.

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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Mayor Philip Levine & Russell Hartstein

Los Angeles Dog Training Certifications, Professional Affiliations & 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
  • Los Angeles’s only private members-only hotel dog boarding and dog daycare operated and run by Certified Dog Behavior Consultants (CDBC) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). There are fewer than 200 CDBC’s worldwide!
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)
  • Distinguished Dr. Jane Goodall, renowned primatologist, anthropologist and United Nations Messenger of Peace chose to work with Russell 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)
  • Head trainer, coordinator and proudly recommended by veterinarians, humane societies and rescue organizations throughout the country
  • Awarded Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator by the American Kennel Club (AKC)
  • Russell 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 cats and dogs
  • Accredited A+ Member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • All professionals at Fun Paw Care are Licensed, Bonded, Insured  (For your safety, trust, comfort, and peace of mind, we are insured to the highest amount possible) and Certified in CPR and first aid for cats and dogs.

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Elite Professional Dog Training in Los Angeles California

We believe in challenging the status quo! We believe that a premier dog trainer and pet care service should transform your relationship with your dog, from one of confusion, frustration and poor behavior to one of obedience, manners, compliance, happiness, and understanding. We believe in education, perfecting communication and that dog training and learning shouldn’t hurt or be scary. Strengthen your relationship, bond and connect with your dog through the most up-to-date scientific backed information taught with profound tact, skill, acumen, and compassion. Understand your dog and educate your family like never before with compassion, kindness, and expertise.

Fun Paw Care is proud to be an animal and earth-loving vegan, green, environmentally friendly business, respecting and conserving our planet for all animals, pets, and humans. We welcome the opportunity to serve you.

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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.