The Best Pet Care and Doggie Day Care in Los Angeles
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. 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 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?
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 well-being, 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 in Beverly Hills and Greater Los Angeles area, dog day care, and holistic learning center dog behavior and 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 CA, Manhattan, Miami, and internationally. As the founder 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 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 playgroups 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 playgroups around a dog’s natural state and somatosensory preferences. Thus everything about our doggie day care, dog boarding hotel and dog and puppy training facility in Los Angeles CA is carefully designed to encourage your dog to thrive in every aspect of health: mental, physical, emotional, behavioral and nutritional. We are integrative, 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 a 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 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 daycares 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. All of 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:
Willingness of each dogs’ engagement vs. disengagement
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 playgroups 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 timeouts in holistic dog Zen rooms specially 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
Aromatherapy 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 Zen spa 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 excellent 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 that are 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 playgroups
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 dogfights 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
Our exclusive dog boarding service is limited to pre-approved clients, offered on a case by case basis. (coming soon)
Vaccination records from your veterinarian. We require Rabies, Distemper DHPP (distemper/parvo) & Bordetella (every 6 months) vaccines. Vaccines must be administered at least 48 hours before your visit
*Non-Member, regular guests are Dog Day Care attendees once every week, Monday – Friday *Non-Members, $60 Additional for each of the following that apply: rush service, sporadic guests, holidays & holiday weekends, drop-offs or pick-ups before/after your service’s designated times *Non-Members, no pick-ups after 7:00 pm. If your dog is not picked up by 7:01 pm, you will be charged for an additional night/s of Hotel Dog Boarding, plus all other applicable fees *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 *Members only, dog/s unapproved for Dog Day Care, must receive at least 4, ½ hour private daily dog walks *20% off each additional pet from the same family household, attending Dog Day Care concurrently *Spay or neuter is required for any dog over six months old *Day Care is only suitable for dogs over one-year-old
The standard of dog training, behavior and pet services, the Fun Paw Care team is proud to be recognized by industry leaders such as: