Dog training and behavior modification are not only my career of choice but my passion. As a natural extension of this passion, I thrive on turning homeless dogs into service dogs to help others. The largest reason why millions of dogs and cats are killed in our shelter system year after year is not because of cancer or any medical condition, it is because poor behavior.1 Too often what facilitates this process is when pet parents abdicate teaching dogs how they would like their dog to behave.
Here in Miami Dade, we unnecessarily have historically killed over 20,000 friendly adoptable, loving dogs and cats each year, over a 100 a day! – crazy numbers! What adds to this genocide is antiquated, regressive, discriminatory laws such as BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) which is not supported by science or any educated professional. Such policies, which are founded in fiction, lend to the unnecessary slaughter of beautiful sentient beings.
As long as we oppress other living beings we will create a culture of oppression.
My close friend, film star Steve Guttenberg has come to Miami to support this cause. Together we will help turn these homeless dogs into service dogs and to bring awareness to this epidemic. We are also bringing awareness to outstanding charities such as the Sabrina Cohen Foundation which brings awareness to people with disabilities who would benefit tremendously from a service dog.
The killing of dogs must stop. We need to forge relationships where there is a mutually beneficial relationship built on love, understanding and help between canine and human animals.
Miami Dade Animal Services was in attendance showing off some of the very dogs who are at high risk of being killed every single day. Please adopt don’t shop. It was an awesome event and many peoples’ hearts were stolen by these gorgeous pups that may not be here tomorrow if not adopted today.
Steve was presented with a key to the city and honor bestowed to him by Mayor Levine and I was awarded a certificate of recognition for my service dog training by Mayor Philip Levine and Commissioner Micky Steinberg.
The crowd then walked across the street to raise awareness and funds for the Sabrina Cohen Foundation by spinning to some energetic tunes at Fly Wheel. The event was a huge success as people packed the spin class to support Sabrina, service dogs and to meet Steve Guttenberg.
Modified bikes were brought in and people of all abilities spun to the pumping tunes! What a way to spend a weekend! It was truly awesome!
Thank you to all of those that came out and who are behind the scenes to make these events possible and successful. These events are monumental undertaking brought together by compassion, love, passion and hard work.
The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that’s wrong with the world. ~ Paul Farmer
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1. Miller DM, Stats SR, Partlo BS, et al. Factors associated with the decision to surrender a pet to an animal shelter. J Am Vet Med Assoc 1996;209:738- 742
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Your pet deserves the very best dog training Los Angeles has to offer! Fun Paw Care was founded by renowned Los Angeles dog trainer Russell Hartstein, a pet expert, ethologist, Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) with over 30 years of applied behavior analysis (ABA), dog behavior, training, and pet care experience.
We are so lucky to have found Russell to train our Vizsla puppy! As first time dog owners we did not know what to look for in a trainer. After a few sessions with our first trainer we knew that an electric collar was not the way we wanted to achieve basic obedience for our highly intelligent, energetic, and sensitive Vizsla. After just one session with Russell we were so relieved to learn about his approach to training and just the overall positive energy he brought into our home. We are amazed with the progress we have made with our now 7 month old Vizsla and look forward to continue to channel his intelligence and energy in positive ways with guidance from Russell. He is the real deal. He LOVES what he does and it is reflected in every session.
Written by: Matthew T. Larkin
Fun Paw Care
Date published: 11/10/2014
5 / 5 stars
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!
Thank you so much Russell for your help and dog magic!
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 South Beach Animal Hospital family, there’s no one we trust more with training, care and behavior issues than Russell and Fun Paw Care…
Dr. Mike Tenzer, South Beach 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 standard of dog training, behavior and pet services, the Fun Paw Care team is proud to be recognized by industry leaders such as: