If you’re the kind of dog parent who would rather miss your dog than have your dog miss you, Fun Paw Care has both of you covered.
Most dog daycare centers, dog boarding facilities, and dog hotels are run by people who spend most of their time thinking about getting to full capacity. A day when disasters are averted and dogs are fed is a good day.
We think dog daycare can accomplish more. In the kind and experienced paws of LA dog training/behavior expert Russ Hartstein, dog daycare is an opportunity to understand your dog better and grow closer to him or her – even when you’re away for the day.
We work with dogs throughout greater Los Angeles, including in Malibu, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Downtown LA, Santa Monica, Venice, Manhattan Beach, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Calabasas, Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Hollywood, Palos Verdes, and elsewhere in and near Greater LA.
Apply now to become a Fun Paw Care member for the best behavior-focused dog daycare program in LA, or read on to find out more about the daycare experience your dog can look forward to.
We’re longtime certified dog trainers and dog behavior experts. Most dog daycare centers, dog boarding facilities, and dog hotels are run, owned and operated by people with very little (if any) background, experience, and expertise in applied behavior analysis (ABA). They see their main responsibilities as feeding, supervising, cleaning, and possibly walking or playing. Of course, those creature comforts and other duties matter, but often they’re complicated by behavioral issues, and there’s more to your dog’s life and well-being than just the essentials.
Dog behavior is the most critical area of expertise (by far) for anyone who works with dogs. Without an intimate working knowledge and application of ethology (non-human animal behavior) and applied behavior analysis, your dog cannot be understood, nor communicate. Without understanding and communication, your dog is at great risk. Some of the many physical, emotional, psychological and physiological health issues that may come about from a lack of communication and misunderstanding of a dog’s subtle behaviors are increased stress, anxiety, fear, phobia, fights, disease, depression, immunological diseases, overexcitement, aggression, and even death.
The very first question a dog parent should ask of a doggie daycare, pet hotel or any dog trainer is: “Exactly who will supervise and care for my dog, and what is their background in dog behavior and canine ethology?”
You know exactly who will care for your dog: local dog-training expert Russell Hartstein. Fun Paw Care is owned and operated by Russell Hartstein, a world-renowned dog behaviorist and one of fewer than 200 Certified Dog Behavior Consultants (CDBC) worldwide, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT), and canine nutritionist. Russ has over 30 years of experience in studying and teaching animal behavior in Los Angeles, Miami, and Manhattan (where he’s originally from).
As the personification of Fun Paw Care, Russell overlooks the entire dog boarding, daycare, and dog training facility while organizing, maintaining and monitoring your dog’s comprehensive and integrative well-being and play sessions. Your dog is unique and deserves to be treated as unique. That’s why we are not a volume-based business, unlike most other dog hotels, dog daycares, and dog training centers in and near Los Angeles.
We thought of everything, and our doggie daycare has everything. Dogs thrive on properly formulated and structured play partners and conspecific interactions. Those set them up to succeed, learn, be fulfilled, and have fun all day long while in our care. Because dogs are dyadic (play best in twos) volume-based dog daycares are fundamentally flawed, unhealthy and unsafe for your dog. In many cases, your dog is interacting with 10, 20 or even more dogs at the same time with only one “counselor” to watch everyone! A setup for failure and a very dangerous and stressful situation for your dog.
Dogs are crepuscular animals, meaning they are most naturally active during twilight hours, dawn and dusk. We structure our playgroups around your dog’s natural state and somatosensory preferences. Everything about our LA doggie daycare / dog training / puppy training facility is carefully designed to encourage your dog to thrive in every aspect of health: mental, physical, emotional, behavioral and nutritional.
Our doggie daycare is a first-class, private, designed and structured dog park where well-balanced, well-behaved, social, affable dogs go to socialize, play, exercise and hang out with their friends. Everything about your dog’s day and night, playgroups, drop off and pick up times, activities, park layout, smells, lighting, tactile surfaces, enrichment, socialization, naps, toys, and nutrition are designed to meet and exceed your dog’s behavioral, exercise and enrichment needs, so that you pick up a well-balanced and completely fulfilled dog. Both of you will feel cared-for throughout the day. You won’t need to leave your dog at home and force him or her to choose between bored to the bone and bad to the bone.
Our dog daycare is TAILored to your dog’s comfort – physical and emotional. Most doggie daycares and hotel dog boarding facilities are not set up safe, healthy play sessions. Play sessions aid in social development, exercise, but also very importantly build behavioral flexibility while in the process, helping a dog learn to get along with many other dog morphologies, and temperaments. Overly rough, inappropriate play or poor matching of dogs’ energy, size, sex, breed, or age may easily cause traumatic experiences. All of those experiences can lead to emotional, physical, or psychological health problems, and in many cases will lead to aggression or a fight.
Here are just a few of the things an experienced dog behaviorist and trainer watch for to tell how a dog play session is going:
All of those are contextual signs that only a skilled behaviorist and trainer can make sense of.
Our exclusive dog daycare service is limited to Members only, offered on a case by case basis.
Monday – Friday = 7:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday – Sunday = Closed (for Puppy Socialization Classes & Training)
Half-Day Care: $105
Drop off, 7:00am – 9:00am, Pick up, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Drop off, 12:00pm – 2:00pm, Pick up, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Full-Day Care: $125
Drop off, 7:00am-9:00am, Pick up, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Dogs must be:
Parents must bring: List of all recommended products