Dog Day Care Los Angeles

The Best Dog Day Care and Pet Care in Los Angeles

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Most dog day care facilities, dog boarding and dog hotels are run, owned and operated by people with very little if any background, experience and expertise in applied behavior analysis (ABA). However, Dog behavior, is by far the most critical area of expertise anyone in a dog related business can possess. (link) 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, over excitement, aggression and even death. The very first question a dog parent should be asking and looking for in a doggie daycare or pet hotel is, who will be watching/supervising my dog and what is their background in canine ethology, cognitive ethology and dog training?

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Optimal health and safety are at the core of all of Fun Paw Care services. As some who is responsible for your dog’s life and wellbeing, expressed through their nuanced and subtle behaviors, we have intimate working knowledge in ethology, cognitive ethology and applied animal behavior to ensure your pup is safe, stress, anxiety and fear free as well as having a great time while being fully enriched, socialized and appropriately rested! Fun Paw Care’s hotel dog boarding, dog day care, and holistic learning center training facility is owned and operated by Russell Hartstein, a world renowned behaviorist and one of less than 200 Certified Dog Behavior Consultants (CDBC) worldwide, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) and canine nutritionist. This is not just a business for Fun Paw Care; the study of the science of canine behavior, dog psychology and learning theory are deep passions of Fun Paw Care coupled with the love of canine ethology, helping families and continuing education. Russell has over 25 years of experience studying and teaching animal behavior both in Los Angeles, Manhattan, Miami, and internationally. As the founder of Fun Paw Care, Russell overlooks the entire hotel, daycare and dog training facility while organizing, maintaining and monitoring your dog’s comprehensive and holistic well-being and play sessions. Your dog is a unique individual and deserves to be treated as one. Therefore, we are not a volume based business like most other dog hotels, day care and training centers.

Dogs thrive on properly formulated and structured play groups and conspecific interactions, setting them up to succeed, learn, be fulfilled and have fun all day long while in our care. Canines are crepuscular animals, meaning they are most naturally active during twilight hours, dawn and dusk. We structure our play groups around a dog’s natural state and somatosensory preferences. Thus everything about our doggie day care, dog boarding hotel and training facility is carefully designed to encourage your dog to thrive in every aspect of health: mental, physical, emotional, behavioral and nutritional. We are holistic, comprehensive behaviorists, (psychologists), trainers and nutritionists that are true pet experts in all our respective fields coming together to provide each family with a first-class experience structured around a holistic approach to optimal training, boarding and day care. When you drop your day off at our dog day care, learning center and dog hotel, you are truly getting the best care a dog can get.

Our doggie day care is a first-class, private, designed and structured dog park where well balanced, well behaved, social, affable dogs go to socialize, play, exercise and hangout with their friends. Everything about your dog’s day and night, play groups, 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 completely fulfilled dog. This way both of you will be fulfilled throughout the day and your dog won’t be bored to death staying at home doing nothing or worse employing themselves, practicing bad habits (barking, chewing, counter surfing, separation anxiety) when you are not home.  We believe you have a rich and fulfilling day, so should your dog!

Most doggie day cares and hotel dog boarding facilities are not adept at structuring and setting 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. Too rough, inappropriate play, or poor matching of dogs’ energy, size, sex, breed or age may easily cause traumatic experiences. Which can lead to emotional, physical, psychological health problems.  And in many cases will lead to aggression or a fight.

Here’s how to tell the difference. Some key aspects of what a behaviorist and trainer should be watching for are:

  • Role reversals
  • Self-handicapping
  • play bows
  • Willingness of each dogs’ engagement vs disengagement
  • Play one sidedness
  • Hackle piloerection
  • shaking, rough or hard mouthing
  • Noises? Growling? Snarling? Barking? Mounting Humping
  • Intensity levels
  • No winners or losers and healthy for both animals
  • Dyadic play sessions

All of these are contextual and situational that only a skilled behaviorist and trainer would be able to sort through and navigate.

Your dog’s day care experience includes:

  • A world class hotel, dog day care, and holistic learning center, supervised, operated and run by industry leading, dog behaviorists and trainers Certified by the CDBC, & CPDT. Less than 200 worldwide!
  • Behaviorist carefully structured, properly formulated and supervised dog play groups based on size, age, breed, energy levels, gender and play styles
  • Optimal play, enrichment, socialization and exercise, which are lifelong processes and vital to a dog’s health to maintain fulfillment, and sociability with other dogs and people in your home, on the street and around town
  • Butler and concierge service. Hotel and doggie day care guests receive rapid curb-pay. Pick-up and drop-off your dog without having to leave your vehicle. Ensuring the parent’s visit is stress and hassle free just as it is for your dog. Making your commute much faster, seamless and pleasant.
  • Veterinarian and Veterinarian nutritionist on call 24/7
  • Carefully arranged time outs in holistic dog Zen rooms specifically designed for canine relaxation and decompression in quiet areas catered to your dog’s individual specific needs
  • Plenty of outdoor shaded spots for hanging out with friends in the fresh ocean air
  • Indoor climate controlled areas
  • Impeccably clean, hotel, learning classrooms, dog park and play facility
  • Canine grass, soft and antibacterial, for your dog’s comfort, traction and cleanliness
  • Aroma therapy scents, lavender and chamomile organic, therapeutic-grade essential oils fill the air of all of our hotel and day care
  • Canine relaxation music to help dogs wind-down in their spa Zen environments
  • Designated space for cooling off in the shade, air conditioning and pools
  • Dog Agility equipment and enrichment devices abound
  • Healthy Lunch for full day, doggie day care guests
  • Dogs are properly fed organic, healthy food from slow food bowls or stuffed Kong toys to prevent bloat, indigestion and to stimulate cognition, teach great chew toy habits and provide additional daily enrichment
  • Every dog is highly vetted and screened for your comfort and your dog’s health and safety
  • Multiple dog park entrance and exit ways to dog play areas to prevent gate crashers and reduce excitability, reactivity and stress

Parents don’t worry about:

  • Dogs at home getting bored-to-death doing nothing, or worse, practicing bad habits such as: barking, chewing, counter-surfing, house-soiling, separation anxiety…etc.
  • Finding time and energy to exercise, socialize and enrich your dog when you work long hours
  • Interacting with parents who use aversive, punitive equipment on their dogs (i.e. Shock collars/electric collars/vibrating collars, choke chains, pronged collars…etc.) which is inhumane and makes dogs unpredictable, stressed and unstable
  • Your dog interacting with ill-mannered, rude, un-socialized, aggressive, humping behavior or dogs with other behavior problems
  • Sick, unhealthy or unvaccinated dogs
  • Risks in taking your pet to a dog park—whether it’s the risk of injury, infectious disease, fighting or biting
  • Unaltered dogs, altering the energy and composition of play groups
  • Large, energetic dogs trampling and injuring smaller or older dogs
  • Older dogs forced to be surrounded by and harassed by young juveniles
  • Rampant ticks, fleas, bacteria and parasites on the streets and dog parks
  • Mud or dogs rolling around on vial, repugnant dead carcass or feces
  • Practicing poor behaviors such as leash-pulling, scavenging, foraging on walks, or eating random things off the floor
  • Unsupervised dogs, out-to-lunch, unconscious parents on their cell phones not paying attention to their dogs
  • Cleaning up poop
  • Hiring an unprofessional pet sitter or dog walker not up-to-date, intimate, fluent and well versed in canine body language, ethology, cognitive ethology and applied behavior analysis
  • Stopping dog fights or off-leash dogs running up to you while on your walks
  • Worrying about your dog being bullied, harassed or ganged up on
  • Ruining pre-established dog training or behavior modification protocols
  • Door charging/bum rushing behaviors
  • Dogs staying properly hydrated
  • Dog indigestion which could cause bloat or other medical and physical illnesses

 

Doggie Day Care Hours:

Monday – Friday = 7:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday – Sunday = Closed (for Puppy Socialization Classes & Training)

Half Day Care: $65
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: $85
Drop-off, 7:00am-9:00am, Pick-up, 5:00pm-7:00pm

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*Regular guests = dog day care attendance once every week, Monday – Friday
*Full day dog day care guests are required to have lunch, if you do not provide your dog’s pre-bagged, Ziplocked dog food, you will be billed for their lunch
*Additional $40 fee for each of the following that apply: Rush service/last minute, sporadic guests, holidays, drop-offs or pick-ups before/after your service’s designated times
*No pick-ups after 7:00pm. If your dog is not picked up by 7:01pm you will be charged for an additional night of hotel dog boarding, and all other applicable fees. Your dog will be required to stay for boarding and you may arrange pick-up the following day
*Drop-off/pick-up one time per day
*Spay or neuter is required for any dog over 6 months
*Assessment and interviews are conducted in the morning for a half dog day care session