We provide and apply the most up-to-date scientific research in dog training and ethology. For many people, adopting or buying a puppy is a new experience, or maybe you just haven’t had a puppy to care for in a long time. Learn all there is to know about puppies, proper husbandry and upbringing to avoid costly behavior problems down the road. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
Let Fun Paw Care’s puppy experts get you off on the right paw to a long-lasting, fulfilling bond that will span a lifetime. Set your puppy up for success with a first class training session and begin to freshen up on some of the following skills and information. When should you start training? Yesterday! There is no “too early” to start training; the earlier, the better. Just some of the many areas we will discuss and teach are:
There are many things to think about when bringing home a puppy for the first time. The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) says that early socialization is essential to a happy and well-adjusted puppy. We have offered our services in Los Angeles & Miami for decades. We are here to guide you through every step of the training process. The age of 3 weeks – 13 weeks is a sensitive/ critical learning period. Research shows that behaviors learned during this time frame have a tendency to stick throughout the puppy’s life more than at any other age. It is therefore critical to put your pup on the path to success and to train, educate and socialize them within this highly influential time frame.
For all of your pet behavior needs, Fun Paw Care will be there to teach you and your puppy all there is to know about training and behavior. You can rely on Fun Paw Care to offer the most up-to-date scientifically proven, positive reinforcement, gentle approach to start your relationship off on the right paw for the rest of your puppy’s life. Training is vital for a well-balanced, healthy, long and happy life with your pup. Do not let distance stop you from receiving a world-class education and master trainer. Fun Paw Care’s trainers will travel to your home or will video, telephone and/or teach remote puppy classes for out of town families. Fun Paw Care’s Certified Dog Behavior Consultants and Certified Professional Dog Trainers provide a sophisticated one-on-one service in the privacy of your own home.
A percentage of all Fun Paw Care sales goes toward volunteering and giving back via animal advocacy: rescuing and fostering homeless puppies and cats, and giving back via free community educational seminars.
We apply all of our skills to help train your dogs no matter how old they are. Our dog training services use force-free, gentle techniques to help your pet behave better and become more responsive. Pet parents are also taught how to communicate with their dogs, so that all training may be reinforced at home, and the person-dog relationship can grow stronger. Visit our dog training page to learn more.
(In parent’s home & designed for puppies 3-16 weeks)
During each customized visit, a Fun Paw Care Certified Professional puppy trainer will socialize your pup to his/her new environment by introducing sights, sounds, noises and smells in your home. As dog behavioral experts, we have helped thousands of pups (and their parents) get through the challenges of housebreaking, potty training, socializing, teething, biting, barking, leash skills and more. We will also begin to introduce the fundamentals of sit, down, stay and come.
1 Hour – $245 & Up
Daily Walking & Training is an excellent way to practice your puppy’s skills and good manners. Your puppy will be walked by Fun Paw Care’s assistant trainer, or veterinary technician who will work with your pup to help with their obedience training and/or behavior modification protocol laid out by Russell. This is a customized service, where good manners and obedience skills will be reinforced using Russell’s force-free, science-based, positive reinforcement, gentle approach. There is no better way for your puppy to get additional practice, consistency, and repetition with their basic learned skills such as down, stay, sit, come and heel. When training is combined with walking and is consistent and repetitive puppies learn expeditiously.
1 Hour – $72 & Up
Do you live far away from Los Angeles? Distance shouldn’t stop you from attending our puppy training classes. We have the best trainers in Los Angles & Miami, but whether you live in Santa Monica, LA California or overseas, we can help with all of your training and behavioral needs. For pet parents who have multiple residences or live outside of South Florida, We travel around the world making home visits and also offers remote training via telephone or video chat for those extra busy clients. We walk families through the same instruction that he would provide if he were in your home doing a first class, private one-on-one puppy training or behavior modification consultation.
1 Hour – $225
Would you and your pup’s friends like training and socialization together? Just gather three or more of your closest friends together and receive the same awesome science-based, force-free, positive reinforcement education that you would get one on one. The best part of this puppy party is that you and your pup receive obedience training, behavior modification, coaching, skills, and education at half the price for each furry friend! Now that’s a saving worth barking about!
1 Hour – $100
Your puppy will learn clicker/marker training, an operant conditioning method that creates a reward-based relationship. Clicker/marker training opens up the lines of communication between the pet parents and the puppy thus fostering understanding, clarity and the development of the family relationship. We recommend this advanced, fun, training method for all puppies, especially puppies that demonstrate nervous tendencies or those that need to build confidence. It is also great for teaching fun skills and tricks such as Sit, Stay, Sit – Stay, Down, Down – Stay, Come, Loose Leash Walking, Heeling, Play Dead and Give Paw.
1 Hour – $245 & Up
We solve problems that other trainers and behaviorists are unwilling to take on or do not have the experience or expertise to modify. We utilize our vast experience, knowledge of the science of learning, ethology (scientific knowledge of species-specific behavior) and cognitive ethology to help pet parents improve their puppy’s behavior. This service is appropriate for all behavior problems, in particular, mild to serious types of behavior problems and disorders. Our training methods are humane, non-confrontational, force-free, and are designed to decrease household stress and improve the human-animal bond. We educate pet parents how to recognize, handle and modify their body language, behavior, energy and antecedent arrangement (environment) which helps your puppy learn expeditiously in a fun environment. Fun Paw Care’s scientific approach, gentle, force-free methods and positive reinforcement training combines operant conditioning, classical conditioning, counter conditioning, systematic desensitization, habituation and is successful in treating mild and severe cases of socialization, fear-based, aggression and problem behaviors such as:
1 Hour – $245 & Up
Does your pet have special needs or require extra work in certain problem areas? Do you ever wonder, “Where can I board and train my puppy”? Do you have a busy schedule and don’t have the time to puppy train? Do you ever wish you could find the best dog boarding school or boarding and training program? You have! Drop your puppy off with us for one week and give them the best education, training, behavior modification and care a puppy can get. All training, behavior modification, and boarding will take place in a private, spacious, impeccably clean puppy safe home, with personalized, one-on-one, undivided personal care and attention taught by one of our master Certified Dog Behavior Consultants (CDBC) (one of less than 200 worldwide!) and Certified Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT).
This is a first class, highly specialized, catered and customized service where each program is designed specifically to meet the needs of each individual V.I.P. (Very important puppy). Each package will include the following non-punitive, force-free, positive reinforcement training and behavior modification methods depending on your puppy’s needs: Operant conditioning, classical conditioning, systematic desensitization, counter conditioning, house training, enrichment, socialization to people, inanimate objects, life and environment socialization, integration, habituation, stimulus control, proofing, generalization, fluency, basic, mid and advanced level obedience training and your puppy’s own customized training and behavior modification program catered just for your pet.
Although at least 4 hours a day of intensive training and behavior modification is guaranteed, our love for puppies and drive to train and modify behavior successfully typically have us putting in far more time than that. These reasons make us the trusted location for puppy training Los Angeles relies on.
During your absence your puppy will receive:
Your pet deserves the very best trainer Los Angeles & Miami has to offer!
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Thank you Russell for your dedication and compassion for training & helping homeless dogs.
Dr. Jane Goodall
…Russell is sweet and very effective when handling my very different dogs and I have seen amazing dog training and behavior results since their introduction. If you are looking for someone who has the utmost respect for your animal, is prompt and courteous, and values education and safety above all else, Fun Paw Care is the last place you need to look.
TED Talks Founders, Vanessa Wurman, and family
Russell is not only one of my dearest friends, but the guru of dog training, behavior and all things dog!
Thank you so much Russell for your help and dog magic!
Alan Faena & Ximena Caminos
Thank you for all of your help and the best dog training…Brilliant! Love & Light
Naomi Campbell & Vladislav Doronin
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!
The Bee Gees, Barry Gibb and family
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
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