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Los Angeles The only Certified Dog Behaviorist owned and operated Dog Training School in Los Angeles, California. Offering the most sophisticated Hotel Dog Boarding and Dog Day Care.
Miami Certified Dog Behaviorist and Dog Training in Los Angeles, California & Miami, Florida. Offering sophisticated professional solutions for all of your dog’s training and behavior needs.

Professional Dog Training in Los Angeles and Miami

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.

The Standard of Dog Training and Pet Care Excellence


Dog Trainer Certifications, Professional Affiliations & Achievements

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Jane Goodall & Russell Hartstein

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Mayor Philip Levine & Russell Hartstein

Fun Paw Care was founded by renowned animal behaviorist and pet expert Russell Hartstein, a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) in Los Angeles and Miami. With over 25 years experience, Fun Paw Care’s dog training, puppy training and service dog training have expanded to Los Angeles California. We also provide dog boarding and training, and dog day care.

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. Contact us today if you are seeking the best dog trainer in Los Angeles and Miami!

  • 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 and Miami’s 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)
  • Nationally recognized dog bite and aggression expert witness
  • Los Angeles and Miami’s only Professional Member of the force-free, Pet Professional Guild (PPG)
  • Los Angeles and Miami’s only member of  the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals (AABP)
  • Member of the Animal Behavior Society (ABS)
  • Awarded the prestigious Certificate of Recognition, by Mayor Philip Levine, the Commissioners & the City of Miami Beach
  • Awarded Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator by the American Kennel Club (AKC)
  • Board member & liaison of the Disability Access Committee (D.A.C.) appointed by two consecutive Mayors, Matti Herrera Bower & incumbent Philip Levine of Miami Beach for service dog training and community leadership expertise for over 10 years!
  • Head trainer, coordinator and proudly recommended by Veterinarians, Humane Societies and Rescue Organizations throughout Los Angeles and South Florida
  • Russell is a 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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Los Angeles and Miami’s Premier Dog Trainer Russell Hartstein

By Professionals, for Professionals


Why do parents choose Fun Paw Care, the premier dog training and pet care service in Los Angeles and Miami?

  • We are a boutique 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. 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 a highly customized service. We thrive on individuality, subtle details and customized training solutions, not volume.
  • Our passion and dedication involves perfecting our pet families experience, education, 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 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 other 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 have the most accomplished, experienced and educated professional behavior team in Los Angeles and Miami bar none
  • Our passion, relentless commitment to excellence and continuing education on the newest force-free training techniques and advances in the industry are unrivaled
  • We de-emphasize volume 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 25 years experience
  • Anit-Scale
  • 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 seminars to keep ourselves updated on the latest scientific breakthroughs in dog behavior modification techniques


We are proud to be the behavioral consultants and trainers chosen by Los Angeles Veterinarians, Humane Societies, Rescue Organizations and pet stores. Russell is Los Angeles and Miami’s only Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), one of less than 200 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 takes continuing educations unit’s (CEU’s) every year based on the most current knowledge related to the animal behavioral sciences that was created by leading, world-renowned veterinarians, behaviorists and dog trainers including the founding members of the IAABC.

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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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 Miami or South Florida, 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.

Dog Day Care

Los Angeles dog day care offers a holistic, comprehensive approach to optimally meet all of your dogs needs.

Hotel Dog Boarding

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

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 you 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 Miami 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 Miami dog 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!

Your pet deserves the very best trainer Los Angeles & Miami has to offer!
Get started with our Los Angeles & Miami dog training, puppy training, hotel dog boarding, & dog day care services.