Safety has always has been my number one concern for the pets and families I work with.
COVID-19 update: We are OPEN. Please read my blog post regarding the coronavirus and how it affects your dogs and cats. Also, how my Phone/Skype/Zoom consultations can help you tremendously and why it is essential to continue dog training, and boarding (with social distancing).
We evaluate every dog in a thorough dog training sessions, interview, and application process. Our luxury Dog Boarding and custom-tailored Dog Daycare is for Members only. Sophisticated and impeccable dog boarding and dog daycare facilities only allow behaviorally, emotionally, and medically healthy dogs to socialize and develop together to maintain great social skills.
Our behavior and training focused Platinum Club Membership accepts many dogs with behavioral problems that are otherwise not suited for traditional dog daycare and dog boarding. Contact us today to see how we can help you.
If your dog is not suited for our premier dog boarding or curated dog daycare we strongly recommend beginning or continuing with private dog behavior modification and training classes to evaluate your dog’s behavior before applying for Membership.
Dogs: Need to be current on their vaccinations, flea, and intestinal parasite preventives before arriving at our Dog Boarding, Dog Daycare, and/or Dog Training center. We require Rabies, DHPP (distemper/parvo) & Bordetella vaccines (every 6 months). Vaccines must be administered at least 48 hours before visiting our facility. We will require vaccination records from your veterinarian.
If you make frequent visits to dog parks, it is a good idea to have more fecal examinations performed, as the risk of acquiring intestinal parasites is high.
Microchip information must be updated and confirmed
Cats: Need to be up-to-date on vaccinations, shots, flea, tick, ear mite, ringworm, parasite, and other contagious conditions prevention.
Due to the nature of vaccinations, cats must be vaccinated at least 14 days prior to your visit. We require vaccines for Feline panleukopenia virus (FPV), Feline herpesvirus (FHV), and Feline calicivirus (FCV), (FVRCP-C), Rabies, Leukemia (Felv) (If your cat ever goes outside or has ever been outside… must have; this is a communicable disease.) All cats that have had a Bordetella vaccine within the last 30 days will not be allowed in our cattery. (This is due to the reactions to the vaccine that resembles the actual disease. We are unable to diagnose and must assume your cat is ill and contagious.) We will require vaccination records from your veterinarian.
Microchip information must be updated and confirmed
Unaltered dogs: Yes, for Membership and/or Dog Boarding, with the addition of at least 4, ½ hour private daily dog walks. Maybe, for Dog Daycare.
Special medical/behavioral needs: Yes, for Membership and/or Dog Boarding. Maybe, for Dog Daycare.
Puppies: Yes, for Membership. Dog Boarding is only suitable for potty-trained dogs over six months old (if unaltered after six months old, with the addition of at least 4, ½ hour private daily dog walks.) Dog Daycare is only suitable for puppies over four months old. We cater to puppies who need more playtime, and exercise and place them appropriately with dogs of similar age, energy, size, temperament, and play styles.
Elderly: Yes, for Membership, Dog Boarding, and Dog Daycare. If not suitable for Dog Daycare, with the addition of at least 4, ½ hour private daily dog walks. We cater to older dogs who need more downtime and place them appropriately with dogs of similar age, energy, size, temperament, and play styles.
Not dog-friendly: Yes, for Membership, Dog Boarding and Dog Daycare, with the addition of at least 4, ½ hour private daily dog walks.
Not all people-friendly: Yes, to Membership, No to Dog Boarding, No to Dog Daycare. A dog with aggression issues or a history of dog bites to people would not be suitable for these services but would be suitable for Dog Behavior Modification.
Each case is situational and at the discretion of the Fun Paw Care.
If your dog is not allowed in Dog Daycare and/or you request private walks, we require a six-foot dog leash, standard flat buckle collar to hold tags, martingale collar, and muzzle.
We do not accept any dog for dog boarding or daycare that has severe aggression behavior problems, separation anxiety (without being on meds and a behavior modification plan), fear, or aggression towards people or has a bite history with people. Please enroll them in our Behavior Modification ASAP.
If your dog has behavioral issues with other dogs, they will be required to be walked, enriched, stimulated, and fulfilled separated from other dogs. If appropriate, during walks, exercise, enrichment, socialization, and playtime, your pet may socialize with other people and pets at the park, beach, and in social settings to keep them active, mentally and physically challenged and engaged.
Other than the aforementioned, a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) is the industry standard for behavior certification issued by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (or CPDT for short) issued by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) are the only professional dog trainers certified by an independent council, required to take annual Continuing Education Units (CEU) and psychometrically tested by world-renowned doctors and scientist in the fields of canine and feline ethology, psychology, training, evolution, physiology, neurobiology, sociology, learning theory and animal husbandry. There are some educated trainers and behaviorists out there, but there are also many that are not rigorously, academically nor experientially trained. So you need to thoroughly do your homework to find an exceptional dog trainer and behaviorist.
In addition, most importantly, find a trainer or behaviorist who has committed to train and teach without force, fear, intimidation or punition. They should most definitely be members of The Pet Professional Guild and be a Certified Fear Free Trainer.
To help you navigate the unregulated dog training world, please read Dog Trainer Certification & How To Choose a Dog Trainer which will guide you through finding a Pet Professional Guild Member, Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) and Certified Fear Free Trainer.
It is our goal to teach you to teach your pet because you have the most opportunities to modify your pet’s behavior. Each consultation is unique and different from appointment to appointment and client to client. It may encompass demonstrations of different behavior modification protocols, exercises, and/or additional question and answer sessions. While some consultations will be mostly action, others will be mostly discussion. We cater the appointment to you, your dog, and the best way to manage and modify the environment and behavior issue.
I am a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) certified through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). What this alphabet soup means is that we take our career and passion seriously, teach and take many continuing education classes in applied behavior analysis (ABA) every year based on the newest training and behavior modification techniques and hold ourselves to the highest standard of ethics, education and skill set. We can and will help you and your dog.
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We offer a very catered, individualistic service and each pet is different. If your pet is up for it and conditions allow, the walks will be for 1 hour or more. All dog walks are provided during our luxury dog boarding, dog boot camp, or dog daycare. We do not come to your home for dog walks.
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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