COVID-19 update: We are OPEN. Please read Russell’s blog post regarding the coronavirus and how it affects your dogs and cats. Also, how our Phone/Skype/Zoom consultations can help you tremendously and why it is essential to continue dog training, and boarding (with social distancing).
If you’re the kind of dog parent who would rather miss your dog than have your dog miss you, Fun Paw Care has both of you covered.
Most doggie day care centers, dog boarding facilities, and dog kennels are run by people who spend most of their time thinking about getting to full capacity. A day when disasters are averted and dogs are fed is a good day.
We think dog daycare can accomplish much more. In the kind and experienced paws of dog training Los Angeles/behavior expert Russ Hartstein, dog daycare is an opportunity to understand your dog better and grow closer to him or her – even when you’re away for the day.
We work with dogs throughout Greater Los Angeles, including in Malibu, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Downtown LA, Santa Monica, Venice, Manhattan Beach, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Calabasas, Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Hollywood, Palos Verdes, and elsewhere in and near Greater LA.
Apply now to become a Fun Paw Care member for the best behavior-focused dog daycare program in Los Angeles, or read on to find out more about the daycare experience your dog can look forward to.
Russel is a longtime Certified Dog Trainer, Dog Behaviorist expert and Nutritionist. Most dog daycare centers, dog boarding facilities, and dog kennels are run, owned, and operated by people with very little (if any) background, experience, and expertise in applied behavior analysis (ABA). They see their main responsibilities as feeding, supervising, cleaning, and possibly walking or playing. Of course, those creature comforts and other duties matter, but often they’re complicated by behavioral issues, and there’s more to your dog’s life and well-being than just the essentials.
Dog behavior is the most critical area of expertise (by far) for anyone who works with dogs. 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 ask of a doggie daycare, pet boarding or any dog trainer is: “Exactly who will supervise and care for my dog, and what is their background in dog behavior and canine ethology?”
You know exactly who will care for your dog: local dog-training expert Russell Hartstein. Fun Paw Care is owned and operated by Russell Hartstein, a world-renowned dog behaviorist and one of fewer than 200 Certified Dog Behavior Consultants (CDBC) worldwide, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT), Behaviorist and Canine Nutritionist. Russ has over 30 years of experience in studying and teaching animal behavior in Los Angeles, Miami, and Manhattan (where he’s originally from).
As the personification of Fun Paw Care, Russell overlooks the entire dog boarding, daycare, and dog training five-acre ranch while organizing, maintaining, and monitoring your dog’s comprehensive and integrative well-being and play sessions. Your dog is unique and deserves to be treated as unique. That’s why we are not a volume-based business, unlike other dog kennels, dog daycares, and dog training centers in and near Los Angeles.
We thought of everything, and our doggie daycare has everything. Dogs thrive on properly formulated and structured play partners and conspecific interactions. Those set them up to succeed, learn, be fulfilled, and have fun all day long while in our care. Because dogs are dyadic (play best in twos) volume-based dog daycares and dog kennels are fundamentally flawed, unhealthy, and unsafe for your dog. In many cases, your dog is interacting with 10, 20, or even more dogs at the same time with only one “counselor” to watch everyone! A setup for failure and a very dangerous and stressful situation for your dog.
Dogs are crepuscular animals, meaning they are most naturally active during twilight hours, dawn and dusk. We structure our playgroups around your dog’s natural state and somatosensory preferences. Everything about our Los Angeles doggie daycare/dog training/puppy training facility is carefully designed to encourage your dog to thrive in every aspect of safety and health: mental, physical, emotional, behavioral, and nutritional.
Our doggie daycare is a first-class, private, designed, and 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 your dog comes homes a well-balanced and completely fulfilled dog. Both of you will feel cared-for throughout the day. You won’t need to leave your dog at home and force him or her to choose between being bored to the bone or bad to the bone.
Our dog daycare is TAILored to your dog’s comfort – physical and emotional. Most doggie daycares and hotel pet boarding facilities are not set up safely and don’t have healthy play sessions. Play sessions aid in social development, exercise, but also very importantly build behavioral flexibility, eustress, and resiliency, while in the process, helping a dog learn to get along with many other dog morphologies, and temperaments. Overly rough, inappropriate play or poor matching of dogs’ energy, size, sex, breed, or age may easily cause traumatic experiences. All of those experiences can lead to emotional, physical, or psychological health problems, and in many cases will lead to aggression or a fight.
Here are just a few of the things an experienced dog behaviorist and trainer watch for to tell how a dog play session is going:
All of those are contextual signs that only a skilled Certified Behaviorist and Trainer can make sense of.
Our exclusive curated dyadic dog daycare service is limited to Members only, offered on a case by case basis.
Dogs must be:
Parents must bring:
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