Russell Hartstein

CEO, founder

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. When veterinarians and celebrities from the entertainment, business, and fashion world think of dog training and behavior modification, they call Russell Hartstein and his expert dog trainers in Los Angeles at Fun Paw Care. As one of the world’s most renowned behaviorist and sought after dog trainers, Russell Hartstein CDBC, CPDT, is not only a pet expert but an authority on dog behavior.

Russell’s work with the distinguished Dr. Jane Goodall, renowned primatologist, anthropologist and United Nations Messenger of Peace to help homeless dogs with their training and behavior received accolades. Russell is the recipient of prestigious honors from both Dr. Goodall and the city, mayor, and commissioners for his career in animal behavior and tireless help with dogs and cats. His deep understanding of animal behavior has him featured in magazines, television, and newspapers from around the world. Russell is certified through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT),  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, and was a Board Member of the Disability Access Committee (D.A.C.) for over 10 years! Appointed by two consecutive Mayors for his service dog training and community leadership expertise. Russell is a Certified Fear Free Professional Trainer, a Professional Member of the Pet Professionals Guild (PPG), a Member of the Animal Behavior Society (ABS), has been awarded the prestigious Certificate of Recognition, by Mayor Philip Levine, the Commissioners & the City of Miami Beach, a Member of the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals (AABP), has been awarded Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator by the American Kennel Club (AKC), and awarded STAR Puppy Evaluator by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

Russell is an author for many dog, cat and nonhuman animal publications such as PetMD, Chewy, Dogster, etc. Russell is regularly cited/interviewed/featured in and recognized as industry leaders by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NBC, CBS, Wikipedia, Reader’s Digest, Business Insider, MarketWatch, LIVESTRONG, Business News Daily, Elite Daily, Martha Stewart, PetMD, Chewy, PetSmart, VetStreet, American Kennel Club (AKC), Animal Wellness Magazine, Dogster, Catster, 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.

All professionals at Fun Paw Care are Licensed, Bonded, Insured to the highest degree possible and certified in CPR and First Aid for cats and dogs. Russell is a proponent of animal rescue, defending the voiceless and volunteers his time training, fostering, and mentoring in his community. Fun Paw Care supports responsible animal rescue groups/shelters by fostering homeless pets and offering dog training in Los Angeles California and Miami to pets in need and donating our sales back to the responsible shelters/rescue organization where your pet came from. Fun Paw Care is proud to be a vegan, green, environmentally friendly and conscious business. Russell was educated and received his B.A. from Binghamton University, graduated with honors and de-educated through intensive Buddhist meditation practice. He has been honored to be the guardian for dozens of dogs, cats and numerous other sentient beings in his life.

Russell is an experienced Vipassana Insight meditator, an MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) practitioner 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.

Russell was the general partner and founding principal of a Hedge Fund, and a financier who traded in his many financial accreditations, accolades and licenses on Wall Street (Series 7, 55, & 63) to help families, dogs and cats flourish together. Getting back to his roots and his passion for psychology, animal behavior, training, ethology, cognitive ethology and pet care where he finds an abundance of satisfaction and fulfillment helping families, their pets and being surrounded by them.

Russell has brought together a premier team of educated, experienced, passionate, professionals that are experts in animal behavior and pet care. All of Fun Paw Care’s team members pride themselves on education, experience, honesty, integrity, professionalism, problem-solving, providing balance and offering a safe, clean, utopian environment for your pet.

The Fun Paw Care team is flexible and open to discuss all behavioral problems, training situations, and durations to create your unique personalized package. If you are interested in any of our dog training, dog behavior, dog boarding or dog daycare services, please contact the highest referred dog trainers in Los Angeles today!

Miami Dog Training

Dr. Jane Goodall & Russell Hartstein demonstrating her handmade tug toy 🙂

Miami dog film festival

Homeless to Hero!Best male canine actor.

three legged foster dog movie premier

Tommy Boy, my famous tripod foster dog