Fun Paw Care was founded by renowned Los Angeles dog trainer and behaviorist Russell Hartstein, a pet expert, ethologist, Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) with over 30 years of applied behavior analysis (ABA), dog behavior, training, and pet care experience. When veterinarians and celebrities from the entertainment, business, and fashion world think of dog training and behavior modification, they call expert dog trainer and behaviorist Russell Hartstein.
Russell’s work with the distinguished Dr. Jane Goodall, renowned primatologist, anthropologist, and United Nations Messenger of Peace to help homeless dogs with their training and behavior received accolades. Russell is the recipient of prestigious honors from Dr. Jane Goodall the city, mayor, and commissioners where he received a key to the city for his career in animal behavior and tireless help rescuing and training pets.
Russell is a world-renowned authority on dog and cat behavior. His deep understanding of animal behavior has him featured in magazines, television, and newspapers from around the world. Russell is certified through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), Utah State University, Certified in Applied Behavior Analysis, Living & Learning With Animals, The Science & Technology of Behavior Change ~ Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, and was a Board Member of the Disability Access Committee (D.A.C.) for over 10 years! Appointed by two consecutive Mayors for his service dog training and community leadership expertise.
Russell is also a Certified Fear Free Professional Trainer, a Professional Member of the Pet Professionals Guild (PPG), a Member of the Animal Behavior Society (ABS), has been awarded the prestigious Certificate of Recognition, by former Mayor Philip Levine, the Commissioners & the City of Miami Beach, a Certified Member of the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals (AABP), has been awarded Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator by the American Kennel Club (AKC), and awarded STAR Puppy Evaluator by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
Russell is an author for many dog, cat and nonhuman animal publications such as PetMD, Chewy, Dogster, etc. and regularly cited/interviewed/featured in and recognized as an industry leader by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NBC, CBS, Wikipedia, Reader’s Digest, Business Insider, MarketWatch, LIVESTRONG, Business News Daily, Popsugar, Elite Daily, Martha Stewart, NYmag The Strategist, How Stuff Works, Slate, PetMD, Chewy, PetSmart, VetStreet, American Kennel Club (AKC), Animal Wellness Magazine, Dogster, Catster, Yahoo, MSN, AOL, Realtor.com, Travel & Leisure, Apartment Therapy, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB), International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and countless other independent press, television, publications, journals and media outlets.
Russell was the general partner and founding principal of a Hedge Fund, and a financier who traded in his many financial accreditations, accolades, and licenses on Wall Street (Series 7, 55, & 63) to help families, dogs and cats flourish together. Getting back to his roots and his passion for psychology, animal behavior, training, ethology, cognitive etiology, and optimal pet care where he finds an abundance of satisfaction and fulfillment helping families, their pets, and being surrounded by them.
Russell is a proponent of animal rescue, defending the voiceless and volunteers his time training, fostering, and mentoring disenfranchised people. Russell supports responsible animal rescue groups/shelters by fostering homeless pets and offering dog training in Los Angeles California to pets in need and donating a percentage of our sales back to the responsible shelters/rescue organization where a pet came from.
Russell is proud to be a vegan, environmentally friendly, and conscious business. Russell was educated and received his B.A. from Binghamton University, graduated with honors, and de-educated through intensive Buddhist meditation practice. He has been honored to be the guardian for dozens of dogs, cats, and numerous other sentient beings in his life.
Russell is an experienced Vipassana Insight meditator, an MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) practitioner studying with the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Medicine, Division of Preventative and Behavioral Medicine with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., founder of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, & Society.
Russell is a gifted trainer. Thank you 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 VCA Animal Hospital family, there’s no one we trust more with dog training, care and behavior issues than Russell and Fun Paw Care…
Dr. Mike Tenzer, VCA 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