Fun Paw Care was founded by Russell Hartstein, CDBC, CPDT for his love and deep knowledge of animals and because most dogs are killed for bad behavior than any medical illness. Dog training and behavior are an unregulated industry. Scary, I know. In this unregulated industry, lousy, outdated advice gets passed around like a bottle of Maddog at a college bar. There is a dearth of accurate, up-to-date scientific evidence-based knowledge and a plethora of misinformation, myth and harmful outdated advice people hear from their dog-loving neighbor.
Dog training is the only science and discipline where one is teaching two different species simultaneously, both beginners, how to communicate. Learning is an art and science and the approach of Fun Paw Care dog training. Los Angeles dog, and cat parents, along with their pets, can learn to understand one another better and cohabitate with our services.
Fun Paw Care has received prestigious awards such as keys to the city for our countless dog training, behavior, and animal welfare work with thousands of homeless dogs and cats and been recognized by many mayors, city commissioners, CEOs, celebrities, veterinarians, professional dog and pet organizations, and world-renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall. The Fun Paw Care team is also an A+ Accredited Business with the BBB.
Millions of companion animals are killed year after year. A disproportionate reason for this is a culture clash and a misunderstanding between the way a human perceives the world and acts upon it compared to other species. Our passion and goal are to educate both two-legged and four-legged animals to improve their bond, teach new behaviors, skills, help save relationships and invariably see the joy emanating from the faces of clients and their pets.
Our passion and dedication involve perfecting our pet family’s experience, education, training and offering sophisticated pet care services. Fun Paw Care’s highly personalized, customizable pet care services are for those discriminating individuals that know and appreciate the best. Our deeply instilled culture, personified by our extraordinary hand-selected team, continues to get stronger. We are based in Los Angeles and have built a reputation on reliability, trust, and integrity in Beverly Hills, West Side, South Bay, Greater Los Angeles, and around the country, teaching the most up-to-date scientific knowledge in dog training and ethology and as animal advocates, environmentalists, and vegans, we hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards beyond any organizations minimum standard. In a business with no regulation, we strive to go above and beyond our client’s expectations. If you are looking for elite dog training, dog behavior and pet care services in Los Angeles, you have found the best.
Early on, I learned the Golden Rule: “Treat people as you would like to be treated, and they will do the same.” We go above and beyond this principle, and extend this doctrine to all sentient beings. We treat every client (two-legged and four) as our family and provide the most knowledgeable, science-based ethology and dog training protocols to date. We use force-free, humane and pain-free dog training methods without the use of punition or intimidation. We treat our Fun Paw Care team members and every client as part of our family with compassion and exceptional experiences.
Giving back is essential to life, love, and growth. We are proactive in our communities, volunteer and support the voiceless and homeless pets. Our Fun Paw Care guarantee is a cornerstone of our dog training mission statement. We take our careers seriously. We regularly teach and take continuing education classes and seminars to keep ourselves up-to-date on the latest scientific breakthroughs in dog behavior and dog training techniques.
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 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