Fun Paw Care: The Best Puppy & Dog Boot Camp, Los Angeles California

Best Dog Boot Camp Los Angeles CA

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Dog Boot Camp

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Our dog trainer Los Angeles boot camp includes boarding and training and is designed for dogs that have special needs or require extra work in certain problem areas. Also if you’re dog parents with busy schedules that don’t have the time or expertise to work with your dog, drop your pet off with us for dog boot camp, training and boarding for one week or longer to give them the best education a family and dog can get! Your dog boot camp will comprise of, dog training, behavior modification, and dog boarding. Dog boot camp will take place in a private, spacious, impeccably clean home facility, with one-on-one,100% undivided personal care and attention taught by a master Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) (fewer than 200 worldwide!) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT).

This is a one of a kind, first-class, highly specialized, catered, customized and comprehensive service where each program is designed specifically to meet the needs of each individual pet. Each package will include the following non-aversive, positive reinforcement and behavior modification methods depending on your pet’s needs: Classical conditioning, operant conditioning, desensitization, counterconditioning, socialization, enrichment, house training, integration, habituation, generalization, proofing, stimulus control, fluency, basic, mid and advanced level obedience methods and your pet’s customized behavior modification program. For many other answers to your questions please see our Los Angeles Dog Boot Camp FAQs below.

Although at least 4 hours a day of intensive hands-on training lessons and behavior modification is guaranteed, our love for dogs and ambition to train and rehabilitate each dog successfully typically leads us in putting far more dog training. Los Angeles pet parents can rest easy, knowing that during your absence, your pet will receive:

  • An intensive, hands-on custom dog training, behavior modification, and boarding program taught and supervised by Russell Hartstein, a renowned Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, and Certified Professional Dog Trainer
  • Your dog will receive a unique and customized training program catered specifically for your dog and family
  • Each week of Dog Boot Camp consists of at least 4 hours of private and customized training and behavior modification sessions per day for 7 consecutive days
  • Daily comprehensive behavior analysis and detailed dog training plan with abundant supporting resources to set you up for success the moment your dog returns to your home
  • Your dog’s training and behavior modification program integrated into every aspect of your dog’s daily life
  • At least 4, one-hour personalized Private Enrichment Dog Training Walks, tailored specifically to your dog, including as many short walks, at any times, that your dog desires
  • All that the luxury Dog Boarding Los Angeles package offers
  • Los Angeles Dog Boot Camp boarding, training, and daycare with one-on-one personalized expert certified dog behaviorist and trainer supervision throughout your dog’s boarding
  • Professional photographs and/or videos of your dog’s experiences during their training and behavior modification sessions
  • Complimentary recommendations and advice curated for your unique family regarding best veterinarian, toys, enrichment devices, equipment, exercise, and socialization
  • Uncompromised attention to detail and safety (30-year safety record!)
  • Feeding, hydrating, walking, cuddling, playing, swimming, medications, and exercise schedules maintained per the pet parent’s instructions
  • Calming, canine classical music and lavender/chamomile therapeutic-grade organic essential oils, scientifically proven to calm and soothe pets and every luxury a dog could dream of
  • Platinum Club Members receive 50% off of Dog Boot Camp

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Our dog Boot Camp Training addresses all behavior problems and issues including but not limited to:

  • Dog aggression training
  • Fear aggression training
  • Territorial aggression training
  • Resource guarding dog training
  • Dog on dog aggression training
  • Leash aggression training
  • Food Aggression
  • Predatory Aggression
  • Dog Anxiety Training
  • Potty Training/House Training
  • Dog Barking
  • Dog Jumping
  • Dog Leash Reactivity and Pulling
  • Old dog aggressive to puppy (or vice-versa)

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Where do you offer Los Angeles puppy & dog boot camp near me?

For our Los Angeles, dog boarding and training boot camp program, we serve the following cities Malibu, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Venice, Manhattan Beach, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Hollywood, Palos Verdes, and elsewhere in greater Los Angeles, however, dog parents bring us their dogs from all over the world. We have trained puppies and dogs of all ages in our boarding and training program for presidents of countries, celebrities, CEOs, government officials, embassies, military, police dogs and pet dogs from around the globe. 

What is dog boot camp? Is it the same as dog boarding and training classes?

Dog boot camp and boarding and training goes by many names such as dog training camp, puppy boot camp, dog boarding school, dog training and boarding, dog boot camp, dog boot camp near me, boarding and training, dog training camp, puppy camp, overnight dog training, residential dog training, intensive dog training, etc. For ease, we call it, Dog Boot Camp or refer to it as Boarding and Training. Despite all of the name variations,  what they all mean are very similar, that your dog stays in someone else’s home or dog training facility and trains in their space, under their care and supervision, not in your home or under your care and supervision.

What happens to my dog during dog boot camp?

That is an excellent and very important question. We have been training and boarding dogs for decades! This is such an important topic because your dog’s health is at stake when choosing the right dog trainer and boarding facility. Trust is one of the most important factors to have in your trainer and behaviorist. Your pet will be out or of your site and care, so knowing that the expert trainer and pet care provider is extremely trust worthy, knowledgeable, experienced, and certified fear and force-free trainer is vital. Your beloved pet is not under your supervision and you don’t have any idea how your dog is being treated, trained or if they are even being trained at all! It requires a leap of faith that all caring pet parents should be concerned about.  

At Fun Paw Care, our entire schedule revolves around your dog’s board and train classes. Because each dog is an individual and needs unique individual care and treatment, we cater to those unique qualities to make sure your dog is successful, comfortable, happy and in an optimal learning environment while in our care. How we do this may entail any creative environment or setups such as customized dog walking and training schedules during odd hours, in different lighting conditions, around different types of animals or people, with different breeds, ages, sizes and play styles of dogs, with different types of equipment and behavior modification techniques, etc. No two dogs in our board and train program are the same and dogs require a great deal of specificity which is why it is so time and expertise intensive. We are so successful in analyzing and treating dog training and behavior problems because of our vast experience, education, expertise and working with thousands of dogs and all breeds. This unique advantage combined with our education and certifications in applied behavior analysis (ABA) for companion animals (canines and felines) makes us uniquely positioned to offer and help any behavior and training problem, even the most troubled and severe behavior cases where you may have seen several trainers and behaviorists before are successful when they stay with us for boarding and training.

Who will be caring for my dog while at puppy & dog boot camp?

One person! A renowned pet expert, author, and certified trainer and behaviorist Russell Hartstein CDBC, CPDT will be training and working with your dog directly. Some other questions to ask are, is the dog training conducted in the trainers home where your pet will be sleeping? Will the behaviorist and trainer be working with my dog’s behavior problems in a home environment or will my dog be staying at a commercial facility or dog kennel and learning in a facility with other animals instead? If your dog is staying in a dog boarding kennel in Los Angeles or at a commercial dog training facility, you will want to ask who is sleeping with your pet or is your pet left alone at night, only viewed on camera or supervised by a night staff person or a different person of the staff who is not the trainer and behaviorist?  

Is your dog behaviorist and trainer Certified? Not all certifications, certificates and qualifications are created equal! Make sure to do your homework thoroughly. This will tell you a lot about the trainer or behaviorist.

What dog training, behavior modification, and obedience methods and techniques are used during dog boot camp obedience classes?

Regardless of your dog’s behavior issues or condition, we only recommend and use fear-free, force-free, science-based, efficacious techniques with love, care, and acumen. Many factors contribute to our dog behavior and training protocols. Much will depend on your individual dog’s training and behavior problems, and a myriad of other factors and issues, some of which are your family’s needs, your dog’s temperament, personality, age, health, breed, emotional state, and ontogeny, etc. Regardless of the needs of each dog, the training methods are always force-free, fear-free and the trainer should be certified by accredited independent organizations. A trainer or behaviorist should never use or recommend any punitive equipment such as a vibration collar (aka shock collar) a choke chain or a pronged collar under any circumstances.  Instead, equipment such as a front attaching dog body harness, head harness and muzzle may be used humanely and much more effectively. They should never practice dominance theory at all or follow the advice of any reality tv show host or other “trainers”. 

What are some important questions to ask yourself and the trainer, before deciding on what dog boarding training school to choose?

What behavior problems is your dog experiencing? What cues and obedience training does your dog already know and what needs to be practiced? What dog knowledge and skills do you and your family already have? How many behavior problems is your dog experiencing? For example, do you want to stop your dog from jumping on people, pulling on the leash, potty/house training, and reduce their separation anxiety? Or does your dog display reactivity, fear aggression, predatory aggression, or general aggression towards people or dogs? The more problem behaviors that are present the longer your dog should stay for boarding and training because each behavior is most successful when worked on individually. Furthermore, some behaviors are not conducive to a dog boot camp. For example, dogs suffering from severe Separation Anxiety Disorder would not be suited or recommended to stay for dog boarding and training. Boarding and training would likely make a serious case of Separation Anxiety Disorder worse, not better.

How intense is your dog’s behavior? How long (duration) has your dog been performing problem behaviors? How much obedience training does your dog have? Has your dog ever bitten, growled, snarled, or snapped at someone (dog, cat, person or another animal)? Has your dog ever worn a muzzle or been positively conditioned for one? What type of prior dog training has your dog received and with who? What type of medical issues is your dog experiencing? Is your dog on any medicine or psychotropics? What type of food and treats is your dog being fed? What are your dog’s nutrition profile and the overall quality of their health? How food motivated is your dog? How toy motivated is your dog? Is your dog spayed or neutered? How many other animals (dogs, cats, birds, etc.) are in your home and how many and which ones are staying at the boarding facility? Is your dog heterospecific (different species) and conspecific (same species) friendly? Does your dog have a problem with a species that will be at the dog boarding and training home or premises? How many hours does the trainer spend with your dog specifically? How many different trainers will interact with your dog? Will your dog be walked? If so by whom? Will you receive daily behavior analysis and training evaluations, report cards, including videos and pictures and resources to aid in your dog training success after your dog is returned to you? Is your dog trainer and behaviorist Certified by reputable fear-free organizations?

The longer a dog stays in our boarding and training Los Angeles California facility with continuous and consistent training the more ingrained good behaviors become and the more fluent the dog becomes in performing those behaviors. Although not linear, there is a direct correlation between time, practice and learning. Meaning a dog will generalize there newly learned dog obedience skills and behaviors, and the habituation, counterconditioning, and desensitization work done to reduce their fear, anxiety, and stress to carry over into your home environment. After all, what good is it if your dog behaves in a dog trainer’s home facility if the dog reverts to the same old bad behavior in your home environment? 

There is a myriad of questions that are gathered before your dog’s board and train service. Some questions will be gathered before your dog’s training and others will be gathered during their boarding and training classes through direct experience and observation. Most of the time what a parent describes as (dog aggression, dog playing, dog happiness, dog sadness, dog depression, or my dog doesn’t have any obedience, my dog is stupid or stubborn, my dog is potty trained, my dog doesn’t like toys, my dog can’t be trained, my dog is well trained and knows how to sit, down, stay, etc.) are all not the case when we begin working with your dog directly. Parents love and mean well but are not experts in dog behavior and training. Therefore most parents’ assessments of their dog’s behavior, cognition, and emotional state are often misevaluated. Therefore when pet parents say they want us to stop there dog from barking, jumping on people, pulling on the leash, biting people or dogs, being aggressive to people, dogs or cats, or requests to stop my dog from being fearful and from having Separation Anxiety Disorder, or having anxiety issues many of the issues and problems do not exist. The causes of the underlying behavior issue end up being in other areas. When we evaluate a dog’s behavior, the dog has different underlying issues and many times the problem behaviors that a parent wanted us to work on are not the most important or aren’t issues at all in our home. We address the root of the behavior problem. After addressing the cause of the problem we teach alternative appropriate behaviors. Addressing what the parent wants doesn’t always lead to changed behavior.

It is because of this and many other factors that a dog’s behavior and training must be experienced by the behaviorist and trainer directly, to see what is stressing your dog and causing them anxiety, fear, and stress or why they are behaving in a way that is not desired by the parents. Expert behaviorists and trainers need to experience what is going on firsthand with your dog in our care, away from the parents that may be contributing to the behavior problem. This way we can thoroughly evaluate your dog’s behavior, health, and training and reduce problem behaviors and teach new appropriate behaviors instead.

Most of the times a dog’s behavior and training problems stem from fear anxiety and stress. This is why it is imperative not to create more fear, anxiety, and stress but instead to work to reduce any underlying fear and build trust, love, connection, confidence, and communication. Ultimately, from foundational relationship-building exercises cultivated throughout your dog’s boarding and training time with us your dog’s understanding goes up and their fear goes down, enabling them to learn obedience training and many other cues and behaviors in a comfortable, optimal, enjoyable and loving environment where they look forward to learning and wanting to please.

What are the most common behavior and training problems a puppy dog has in boot camp?

Puppies and dogs come to us with a gamut of issues. Often a new pet parent is overwhelmed with raising a puppy and need to learn the basics of puppy 101 as soon as possible. Other times parents don’t have the time, expertise or specialty to ensure 100% perfect puppy potty training to stop accidents from happening in the home. Potty training can be exhausting and training a dog when and where you want them to eliminate can be extremely time-consuming. More so if the dog is not a puppy but an adolescent or adult dog that was adopted with learned house training preferences. Some dogs learn to never pee or poo in front of people or never to go potty while on the leash (or both), others learn to go only after out for a two-hour walk, at the last minute before going inside, while other dogs will not eliminate in front of people or while on a leash. All of these are fixable with time, dedication and expertise.  We work on puppy training and obedience in our puppy boarding and training courses, which often involves puppy behaviors such as biting, nipping, excess barking, and separation distress. We teach puppies how to self-soothe, all obedience behaviors, sit, down, stay, loose leash walking, healing and focusing on the handler. In addition to relaxation and deference protocols. We amp up our socialization, counterconditioning and desensitizing for any fearful puppy and spend lots of time changing fearful experiences, triggers, and stimuli to wonderful experiences where the puppy now looks forward to the previous scary object, person, animal or situation.  For all of our training and boarding services, we also teach the parents daily about what we worked on that day and provide supporting information for them to rely on when the puppy goes back to living with you in your home.

For adolescent, adult, and senior dogs, we teach all of the above and much more. We train obedience at our board and train school. We train all breeds, ages and life stages of dogs and a dog is never too young or too old to learn! We also work with serious life-threatening behaviors such as aggression, biting people, biting dogs, reactivity, chasing moving object,  (cars, skateboards, bikes, etc) we work with canine compulsive disorders (CCD), resource guarding, fence fighting, barrier frustration, leash reactivity, under enrichment, malnutrition or inappropriate nutrition and a variety of overall fear, anxiety and stress behaviors and training problems and disorders.

How much will my dog learn at puppy dog boot camp classes?

Lots! But equally if not more important is what you will learn about your dog and how to work with your dog when they are returned to you. Both dogs and parents learn simultaneously.  The training and behavior your dog learns depend on too many factors to list. Some of which are, your dog’s behavior and medical history. However, your dog’s motivation is more important than a dog’s intelligence. 

We ask that a parent choose 2-3 primary behaviors that are most problematic and then we work from that starting point.  If the behaviors are incompatible to be worked on simultaneously we will inform you. For example potty training and obedience, training or any other behavior modification protocols are not compatible with house training until potty training is engrained more fully. This is because to set your puppy up for perfect potty training success, we must have complete control over all aspects of their intake (hydration, treats, and food.) What goes in must come out and we have your puppy on a strict routine and time frames according to their ages, sex, activity level, training, and time of year. If we were to train other behavior protocols during your puppies potty training, it would conflict with their strict schedule of hydration, food, and treats. Because we use food and treats to change behavior and for obedience training, any work feeding your puppy in those areas would throw off their pee and poop cycle detrimental their potty training. obedience training and behavior modification, socialization and counterconditioning and desensitization involve, feeding your dog often throughout the day, without a strict schedule or quantities. This would also cause your puppy to be thirsty and throw off their urination schedule as well. As you can see, other protocols would conflict with potty training. Therefore some protocols such as potty training are done by themselves, while many other protocols may be worked in conjunction.  

How long will it take to train my dog at dog training camp?

Each dog is an individual and the process is a dynamic ever-changing one. There are no guarantees and the success of any training program is contingent upon pet parent compliance. Training is a process that takes time, patience, consistency and dedication. Until we work one-on-one with your dog, no ethical trainer or behaviorist would give a guarantee or an accurate estimate of how long it would take for your dog to learn to be trained or learn a behavior. We do provide some guarantees but not on when what or how long it takes for your dog to learn. On average most parents leave their dogs with us for three weeks for Boarding and Training. Dogs and parents can learn a ton in one week but the longer your dog stays in puppy training and boarding the more you will both learn and the stronger your dog’s appropriate behaviors become. The more time, the more conditioning and iterations we practice and the more ingrained behaviors become. For perspective, service dogs take months or years to train including their public access and puppy training components to get to a service dog level of fluidity and proofing.

My goal is to educate and teach the dog and family simultaneously, as quickly as possible as you are the ones living with your dog and need to understand how, why, when and what to do in order to effect change. This is also the most cost-effective method.

How long should my dog stay for at dog boot camp?

It depends on many factors! Too many to list, especially without speaking with you or meeting your beloved pet! How much do you want your dog to learn? How many behavior problems are present? How food motivated is your dog? Does your dog get diarrhea easily? Can they healthily eat a wide variety of foods and treats? How old is your dog and how long have you had your dog are some of the many factors that go into that answer. However, after the first week, we can give you a more accurate answer to that question.   

The average time spent in our Los Angeles board and train school is three weeks. Some service dogs stay for months and some puppy dogs stay 7 days. The minimum amount of time a dog may stay for boarding and training is for seven days. Our Los Angeles dog training and boarding programs are designed this way to optimize your dog’s learning and experience. 

After your puppy stays for training and boarding for at least 7 consecutive days, they may stay in any daily increment you like.

May I visit my dog during dog boot camp?

No. Sorry if that gives your separation anxiety 🙂 but it is best for your dog. This is for many reasons, some of which are that your dog is conditioned to behaving differently and inappropriately around familiar family. It would not be helpful to break your dog’s continuity, and consistency and your dog’s learning process for them to be interrupted during their carefully laid-out training schedule and routine. For your dog to learn optimally it is best to be patient and allow them to take full advantage of this unique boarding school experience to learn from the best in the most efficient way possible.  

How should I prepare my puppy for their puppy boot camp classes near me?

That depends on each training and boarding facility. However, what Fun Paw Care recommends is that you have your dog’s food and treats preferences dialed-in to get your dog or puppy up and learning from day one as soon as you drop them off.

To speed up your dog’s learning process as much as possible and to ensure your puppy gets the most out of their boot camp experience, make sure you have thoroughly explored your dog’s food reward hierarchy. Make sure that your dog does not have diarrhea prior to arrival and when eating a variety of foods. Know what dog training foods and ingredients agree with and don’t agree with your pup. If we have to experiment with foods, ingredients and treats your dog will likely get diarrhea. If your dog gets diarrhea, all other protocols halt to ensure your dog gets back to healthy stool and has perfect potty training and no defecation in the home or crate. This can be very time consuming if your dog has an upset stomach and has to be walked at all hours of the day and night. So make sure to fully understand your dog’s pallet, and what dog training treats work and doesn’t work. 

Our advice is to try several (at least a dozen) different types of soft, small, malleable, easy to ingest dog training treats of a wide variety of ingredients. Only use dog training appropriate food treats. In other words, do not use brittle, dry, crunchy, too large, soft, or liquidy (peanut butter or cream cheese, for example, would not be good) training dog treats.  Nor would cooked salmon or other foods that are too soft or wet such as baby food, sardines, nut butter, squirt cheese, etc. Make sure the consistency, malleability, size, and digestibility is all congruent with dog training. If there are issues with the training foods and treats when we receive a dog or puppy the priority will be focused on finding the foods that are suitable for your dog and that will take priority over all other behaviors and training because food is the main motivator and reward system that we use to teach, train and change behaviors. Those fundamental food sources and treats must be known about and supplied when you drop off your pup. If we have to order them and experiment with any of the above that will significantly delay the learning of all other protocols.  The exception is that some parents drop their dogs off for boarding and training wanting us to find and explore the foods that their puppy dog can eat. That is a protocol all unto itself and is also an option that takes time and a great deal of effort as many dogs get diarrhea from the process.  

If a parent drops off their dog not knowing what training foods their dog likes and can healthily digest without giving them diarrhea or upsetting their stomach, or if a puppy has an all you can eat buffet or free feeding choices directly before being dropped off and isn’t hungry for the rest of the day, these factors would significantly delay their learning process.

Ideally, a puppy is hungry because we will feed your puppy the daily allocation of their food with their training and behavior modification work. We primarily use food rewards to motivate puppies, teach new behaviors, and to change old behaviors.

In addition to having your puppy ready on the food and treats side of the equation, have all of their belongings ready to go, listed under our dog boarding Los Angeles. There is no need to bring crates, toys or beds.

Do you offer cage-free dog boarding and training near me?

This is one of the most common questions we get along with, is your dog boot camp cage-free or do you use crates? While meaning well, these are the wrong questions to ask your behaviorist about the dog boot camp facility. Instead, ask how are dog crates used (or not used) during your dog’s boarding school.

It’s important to understand that a dog crate is a tool just like a pair of running/hiking sneakers, a dog leash, or harness. Crate free dog boarding is no healthier than using a dog crate. It depends on how every tool is being used. Each dog is boarded in an impeccably clean and safe certified professional dog trainers home with every detail designed specifically for your dog’s success (not a kennel or commercial dog boarding and training facility) one-on-one with the trainer and behaviorist.  A dog crate should never be used as punishment or villainized. Used properly, a dog crate is a dog’s Zen environment where your dog loves going to and has no fear, anxiety or stress around.  Dogs are den animals and enjoy small dark places where they feel safe, comfortable and relaxed. Contrary to a popular belief dog crates are safe, fun, effective and preferred by most dogs. When you see a boarding facility or trainer use the terminology “Crate-free dog boarding or cage-free dog boarding” for web clicks and marketing purposes it shows how little the business/individual knows about the most basic fundamentals of canine behavior and cognition. It is an advertisement of ignorance and attempting to cater to the emotions of a pet parent and not the biological and behavioral preferences of the dog.

Dog crates for dog boarding and training boot camp are used if the dog has no aversion or negative conditioning to it. Crate doors are typically left open and a dog is free to come and go as they please. Crates are vital tools when working with behavior problems such as puppy potty training, traveling safely and many other training and behavior skills. Dog crates are valuable tools that should represent a safe, comfortable and stress-free area that dogs choose to go into just as we choose to sit on a couch, chair or bed (all of which dogs are free to stay on when boarding and training with Fun Paw Care.) Dog crates have unfortunately become misunderstood and used as a marketing ploy because the dog training and behavior industry is unfortunately unregulated. Much more on that under, How to choose a certified professional dog trainer or behaviorist.

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