We evaluate every dog in a thorough interview and application process. Our Membership club, Hotel Dog Boarding and Dog Day Care is not for every dog, so don’t feel bad if your dog does not thrive in this environment. Sophisticated and impeccable dog hotels and dog day care facilities only allow behaviorally and medically healthy dogs to socialize and develop together to maintain great social skills.
If your dog is not suited for our hotel dog boarding or dog day care we strongly recommend beginning or continuing with private dog behavior modification and training classes.
Dogs: Need to be current on their vaccinations, flea, and intestinal parasite preventives before arriving at our Hotel Dog Boarding, Dog Day Care and/or Dog Training center. We require Rabies, DHPP (distemper/parvo) & Bordetella vaccines (every 6 months). Vaccines must be administered at least 48 hours before visiting our facility. We will require vaccination records from your veterinarian.
If you make frequent visits to dog parks, it is a good idea to have more fecal examinations performed, as the risk of acquiring intestinal parasites is high.
Microchip information must be updated and confirmed
Cats: Need to be up-to-date on vaccinations, shots, flea, tick, ear mite, ringworm, parasite, and other contagious conditions prevention.
Due to the nature of vaccinations, cats must be vaccinated at least 14 days prior to your visit. We require vaccines for Feline panleukopenia virus (FPV), Feline herpesvirus (FHV), and Feline calicivirus (FCV), (FVRCP-C), Rabies, Leukemia (Felv) (If your cat ever goes outside or has ever been outside… must have; this is a communicable disease.) All cats that have had a Bordetella vaccine within the last 30 days will not be allowed in our cattery. (This is due to the reactions to the vaccine that resembles the actual disease. We are unable to diagnose and must assume your cat is ill and contagious.) We will require vaccination records from your veterinarian.
Microchip information must be updated and confirmed
Unaltered dogs: Yes, for Membership and/or Hotel Dog Boarding, with the addition of at least 4, ½ hour private daily dog walks. No, for Dog Day Care.
Special medical/behavioral needs: Yes, for Membership and/or Hotel Dog Boarding. Maybe, for Dog Day Care.
Puppies: Yes, for Membership. Hotel Dog Boarding is only suitable for house trained dogs over six months old (if unaltered after six months old, with the addition of at least 4, ½ hour private daily dog walks.) Dog Day Care is only suitable for puppies over four months old. We cater to puppies who need more play time, and exercise and place them appropriately with dogs of similar age, energy, size, temperament, and play styles.
Elderly: Yes, for Membership, Hotel Dog Boarding and Dog Day Care. If not suitable for Dog Day Care, with the addition of at least 4, ½ hour private daily dog walks. We cater to older dogs who need more downtime and place them appropriately with dogs of similar age, energy, size, temperament and play styles.
Not dog-friendly: Yes, for Membership, Hotel Dog Boarding and Dog Day Care, with the addition of at least 4, ½ hour private daily dog walks.
Not all people friendly: Yes, to Membership, No to Hotel Dog Boarding, No to Dog Day Care. A dog with aggression issues or a history of dog bites to people would not be suitable for these services but would be suitable for Dog Behavior Modification.
Each case is situational and at the discretion of the Fun Paw Care.
If your dog is not allowed in Dog Day Care and/or you request private walks, we require a six-foot dog leash, standard flat buckle collar to hold tags, martingale collar, and tags.
We do not accept any dog that has severe behavior problems, separation anxiety, fear or aggression towards people or have a bite history with people. Please enroll them in our Behavior Modification ASAP.
If your dog has behavioral issues with other dogs, they will be required to be walked, enriched, stimulated and fulfilled separated from other dogs. If appropriate, during walks, exercise, enrichment, socialization and play time, your pet may socialize with other people and pets at the park, beach and in social settings to keep them active, mentally and physically challenged and engaged.
Other than the aforementioned, a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) is the industry standard for behavior certification issued by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (or CPDT for short) issued by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) are the only professional dog trainers certified by an independent council, required to take annual Continuing Education Units (CEU) and psychometrically tested by world-renowned doctors and scientist in the fields of canine and feline ethology, psychology, training, evolution, physiology, neurobiology, sociology, learning theory and animal husbandry. There are some educated trainers and behaviorists out there, but there are also many that are not rigorously nor academically trained. So you really need to do your homework to find an exceptional dog trainer and behaviorist.
In addition, most importantly, find a trainer or behaviorist who has committed to train and teach without force, intimidation or punition. They should most definitely be members of The Pet Professional Guild.
Here is a three-part series to help you navigate the alphabet soup and only find Pet Professional Guild Members, Certified Dog Behavior Consultants (CDBC) and Certified Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT).
It is our goal to teach you to teach your pet because you have the most opportunities to modify your pet’s behavior. Each consultation is unique and different from appointment to appointment and client to client. It may encompass demonstrations of different behavior modification protocols, exercises and/or additional question and answer sessions. While some consultations will be mostly action, others will be mostly discussion. We cater the appointment to you, your dog and the best way to manage and modify the environment and behavior issue.
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Thank you so much Russell for your help and dog magic!
Alan Faena & Ximena Caminos
Thank you Russell for your dedication and compassion for training & helping homeless dogs.
Dr. Jane Goodall
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
Thank you for all of your help and the best dog training…Brilliant! Love & Light
Naomi Campbell & Vladislav Doronin
Russell is not only one of my dearest friends, but the guru of dog training, behavior and all things dog!
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!
Barry & Linda Gibb and family
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