Would you like to know who the best Los Angeles veterinarians who come the most highly recommended and which veterinarians in Santa Monica, West Side, and Los Angeles California support and advocate only the most up-to-date, science-based, force-free dog training and behavior modification techniques are? Does your Veterinarian support aversive, punitive outdated dog”trainers” and “behavior specialists” who are practicing outdated 1950’s training techniques? Just as with your physician, medicine, and technology, psychology, and nonhuman animal behavior is a science and much has changed in the field of ethology, pet care and dog training euphemistically referred to as traditional or balanced dog “training” from decades ago. Traditional or balanced dog “training” or the new usage of “dog whispering” is synonymous with, compulsion dog training, dominant dog training, alpha dog training, dominance theory, training with causing stress, pain, and force. Dog training with choke chains, electric collars, shock collars, pronged collars, dog training by poking a dog in the ribs, kicking a dog, forcing dogs into positions, alpha rolls (holding a dog down in the submissive position, typically on their side against their will), leash popping, yanking and cranking on a leash or placing a choke chain around your best friends neck…etc, are all forms and degrees of abuse. If you hear any of these techniques, phrases, words or styles and you don’t see or check the trainer’s force-free methods and up-to-date certifications, affiliations and professional organizations it would behoove you and your pet to politely hang up the phone quickly. If a veterinarian is displaying animal abusers and individuals who espouse punitive, outdated techniques and methods not based in science, what does this say about the care (or lack thereof) that they have for animals and pet parents? It also speaks volumes about that veterinarian and their practice’s beliefs about continuing education, respect and humane treatment for animals. It advertises in no uncertain terms the ignorance and negligence of that veterinarian practice.
Confrontational training and behavior methods and “teaching” with fear are sadly and surprisingly still widely practiced and supported by veterinarians and rescue organizations who ignorantly support these techniques by displaying these severely outdated and ignorant dog “trainers’” advertising material, business cards and pamphlets in their veterinarian practices and waiting areas to clients. It makes one wonder as to the education of the veterinarian, staff and the establishment if they are advocating these aversive, compulsion based, dog “trainers” and “behavior specialists.” If veterinarians are not concerned about their clients’ pets, education, taking Continuing Education Units and using the most up-to-date, force-free, scientific based positive reinforcement dog trainers and behaviorists to care for their patients, then what does that say about their diligence and care for their own practice, education, and patients?
While great for business, we are disheartened, dismayed and disconcerted by the number of people coming to us in tears asking us to re-train their pets and to help educate them after they were traumatized by other traditional or balanced dog “trainers” in the Santa Monica Los Angeles and Miami Florida area who have attempted outdated, reality television show style, abusive, inhumane training and behavior modification tactics. It simply breaks our heart when a relationship is ruined and a dog traumatized because of ignorance. Our love for our clients and animals is the impetus that preempted this list. Anything other than Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive (LIMA), force-free, positive reinforcement protocol simply breaks down the relationship between you and your dog and hurts rather than helps the long-term success of any behavior modification or dog training program. Unfortunately, you won’t be getting the most up-to-date information regarding training and behaviorism from many veterinarians whose specialty does not lie in the science of ethology and training but in medicine. This is one of the reasons we are compelled to fill in the holes of the industry and to provide this service to you.
Veterinarians should be held accountable for displaying, advertising and promoting these outdated, dangerous dog “trainers” that hurt rather than help peoples pets’ and their relationships with their pets. It is not an option to plead ignorance. Cutting-edge research, progressive and proactive veterinarians, dog trainers and behaviorists do not rest on their laurels, and neither should you when deciding on who the best veterinarian, dog trainer, and behaviorist are to support the healthy development in your puppies, kittens, and mature dogs and cats.
Veterinarians and rescue organizations in Los Angeles, South Florida or anywhere, who only recommend, display in their veterinarian practice and advertise humane, gentle, force-free, scientific dog training methods based on learning theory to train dogs and fix behavior problems in dogs and cats are displayed below.
There are several articles to help you decide how to choose a dog trainer and behavior specialist. I wrote several syndicated articles, here are just a few:
If your veterinarian is not on this list, I would highly recommend reconsidering your choice from someone below.
South Beach Animal Hospital
1874 West Avenue
Miami Beach Florida 33139
Brickell Bay Animal Hospital
940 Brickell Bay Drive
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: (786) 231-1111
Please email us only and tell us the following:
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