The Top Ten Reasons To Train Your Dog

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The Top Ten Reasons To Train Your Dog How many of the millions of dogs that are killed every year in shelters and rescue organizations come from homes where parents never thought to train or socializing their dogs? Too many. Most of the dogs I see in shelters and rescue organizations are there because the […]

Abuse of The Service Dog Title

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Abuse of the Service Dog Title (Updated 2020) Fun Paw Care receives daily calls to our Los Angeles dog training office asking how someone can get their untrained, poorly behaved pet a service dog certification. When I ask them what disability they would like the service dog task trained to help them, the answer is […]

Let’s Get Naked

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Stripping Down With Your Dog By a show of hands (or comments below) how many of you have ever left the house to take your dog on a long dog walk or dog training outdoors without your phone? Bueller, Bueller, Bueller? Not, many I would guess. I would like to suggest that you do so and […]

Dogs & Yoga Health Benefits

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Dogs & Yoga = Doga Dogs & Yoga. Both are things I love, but let me be clear, I am not an expert on Yoga. The former I have spent decades loving, while the later I am a premature novice, and by no means a yogi. That being said, the concept of Doga makes me […]

Dog Owner, Cat Owner vs. Dog Parent, Cat Parent

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Dog Owner, Cat Owner vs. Dog Parent, Cat Parent. What’s The Difference? As long as we oppress other living beings, we will create a culture of oppression. The Case to Move Beyond Dog & Cat Ownership It is time to evolve and move beyond ownership and live in the 21st century with dignity, respect, tact, […]

Sports For Dogs or People

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Ethics of Dog Sports Is that an oxymoron? Who regulates dog sports ethics? Dog sports, breeding, conformation, agility, obedience competition, working dogs…etc., are all so common that many don’t even blink an eye when they are mentioned. But who is looking out for a dogs’ rights and welfare? The well-off percentage of the population often […]

Dogs in Extreme Sports

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A dog is stuffed into a backpack and worn by the pet parent as he base-jumps off a cliff. A dog is hooked up to a sling line and is dangling precariously, thousands of feet above a mountain’s jagged edge, as the owner pulls him over a crevasse. Here’s the kicker, this isn’t a rescue […]

Regulation Banning Shock Collars, Painful Devices and Techniques

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Regarding Miami Beach City Code “Animals” ordinance R5C and R5D in section 10-17 (CERTAIN TECHNIQUES AND DEVICES PROHIBITED: ENFORCEMENT: PENALTIES) and 10-18 (REQUIREMENTS FOR SALES OF DOGS AND CATS; DEFINITIONS; PERMITTED SOURCES; CERTIFICATE OF SOURCE; PENALTIES). This is a great start but leaves much to be desired. A more proactive stance would have been appreciated. […]

KISS Training Method

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KISS Dog Training Method Have you ever stared wide-eyed and blank-faced at someone as they tried to explain something to you? Maybe while taking Harvard’s Math 55 or Topics in Metaphysics and Epistemology? If so, you will understand the retention rate (or lack thereof) after the talking head finishes their convoluted spiel. Fun Paw Care doesn’t […]

Service Dog Training Responsibilities – Dog Training Los Angeles

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Service Dog Training Companies, Not All Are Created Equal As a service dog training company in Los Angeles, Fun Paw Care takes on a great deal of responsibility for families and individuals with disabilities, educating our community and dogs. We are force-free trainers, (CDBC) Certified Dog Behavior Consultants, Certified Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT) and stay […]

Dogs Are Equipment & Property? – Dog Trainer Los Angeles

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It is sad, That military working dogs are considered equipment and our pets are considered property. While speaking with another Fun Paw Care dog trainer in Los Angeles, we were discussing the appalling laws regarding our pets and other sentient being in this country.  When I speak with clients about how they should have their […]

Pet Store and Puppy Mill Dogs – Dog Trainer in Los Angeles CA

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Puppy Stores: Where Not to Buy Puppies From Many people cannot resist the urge to buy a dog or cat from a puppy (mill) store or online where the unscrupulous, unethical purveyors display dogs and cats like shiny inanimate objects. The real problem occurs once the dog comes home with a family and the costly […]

Roots & Shoots Jane Goodall Teams up with Russell Hartstein of Fun Paw Care

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Roots & Shoots and Fun Paw Care   There are very few times in life when you get to meet a hero. Dr. Jane Goodall is thrice a hero of humanity, animals and the environment. When she came to Miami and asked if I would work with Roots & Shoots to choose a charity of […]

Doggie Daycare Problems (Part 3) – Dog Trainer Los Angeles

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Dog Daycare Suitability for Dogs In Fun Paw Care’s final series about dog daycare, kennels, and dog boarding in Los Angeles, we discuss the suitability of these environments for pets. Dog daycare is not suitable or appropriate for most dogs. Most daycare facilities are primarily concerned with profits and not the health or well being […]

Dog Daycare Problems (Part 2) – Dog Daycare Los Angeles

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Dog Daycare Things to Look for: There are simply too many situations or reasons to mention why a great dog daycare would be healthy for your dog and why a poor dog daycare would be unhelpful or downright harmful for your dog. We think the cons for most dog daycares substantially outweigh the pros in […]

Dog Daycare Problems – Dog Daycare Los Angeles

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Dog Daycare Pitfalls A friend and client had asked me to watch over their gorgeous dog whom I previously trained very well when he was a puppy. I was very excited to see him and to see how well he was doing. When I first saw him he was wearing his standard flat buckle collar […]

“Pit Bull” Service Dog Manifesto

“Pit Bull” Service Dog Manifesto With so many citizens owning “Pit Bulls,” while throwing caution to the wind and thumbing their noses at ignorant Breed Specific Legislation and Breed Discrimination Legislation (BSL/BDL) laws, it got me thinking about how many working “Pit Bull” service dogs there are in cities with archaic discriminatory BSL and BDL […]

“Pit Bulls” & Irresponsible Journalism

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“Pit Bulls” Bad Rap From Half-Truths & Uninformed Journalists Fun Paw Care is a big fan of freedom of speech. In the United States, it is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and one of the greatest rewards of having your own blog. As a Los Angeles certified professional dog trainer (CPDT) […]

The Iditarod Dog Sled Race Kills Dogs In the Name of Tradition

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The Iditarod Dog Sled Race Kills Dogs In The Name Of Tradition As an author,  Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT), I feel compelled to respond to a recent article about Dorada, an Alaskan Husky who recently dropped dead because of the Iditarod dog sled race. Author Mark Derr of Psychology Today […]

Breed Specific Legislation Irony

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Miami Breed Specific Legislation Irony   At Fun Paw Care we tend to hear some pretty off-the-wall, contradictory and uneducated dog training, behavior and breed advice but breed-specific legislation (BSL) is high up on the totem pole. How ignorant and ironic is it that Miami-Dade commissioners defer to the better judgment of the UKC and […]

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