COVID-19 update: We are OPEN. Please read my blog post regarding the coronavirus and how it affects your dog training Los Angeles services. 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).
Fun Paw Care has the best dog training Los Angeles parents and dogs can wag a tail at according to:
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We hope to get to know you and your dog(s) and earn your trust and your dog’s bark of approval. As a dog behavior expert and dog trainer of 30+ years, Certified Dog Trainer, Behaviorist and Nutritionist, Russell Hartstein can strengthen your dog-human bond and teach you how to solve your dog’s behavior problems.
Russell’s wide range of positive reinforcement dog training services includes Dog Boot Camp (Dog Boarding and Training), Puppy Training, Behavior Modification Consultations and long-term Obedience Training. Russell offers dog training services throughout the Greater Los Angeles area.
Things you can expect less of include, dog aggression, dog biting, dog barking, dog separation anxiety, dog potty training accidents, leash pulling, general destruction of property, and dog behavior problems. Things you can expect more of include peace and quiet, mellow playtime, relaxing walks, better dog habits, better sleep for both of you, improved communication, and a deeper loving bond and understanding of your best friend.
Contact Fun Paw Care to see what the best dog trainer in LA can do for you.
Read on to find out more about each of our 3 specific dog training services.
(In Russell’s five-acre fully fenced in dog boarding and training ranch)
Our Los Angeles Dog Boot Camp (Boarding and Training) is designed for dogs that require extra work in certain problem areas or that have special needs. Our Dog Boot Camp lasts for a week or longer. Boot Camp is designed for extra busy dog parents that don’t have either the time, expertise, or skill to work with their dog and want a Certified Dog Behaviorist, Trainer, and Nutritionist to do most of the heavy lifting.
(In dog parent’s home)
Here’s a list of the puppy products we recommend
If you are at your wit’s end and need a dog behavioral problem solved, you have come to the right place. As Certified Los Angeles dog trainers and behaviorists, we use the science of learning, ethology (the study of species-specific behavior), and cognitive ethology to help our clients compassionately and gently improve their dogs’ behavior and emotion.
Our Behavior Modification service is appropriate for aggressive dog training and all dog behavior issues, from mild to serious types of dog behavior problems and disorders. Our methods are humane, non-confrontational, Fear-Free Certified, and designed to decrease household stress and improve the human-dog bond.
We use non-aversive, positive reinforcement dog training and gentle methods to improve your dog’s behavior. We show parents how to recognize, handle and modify their body language, behavior, energy, and environment in ways that help your dog learn at the fastest rate possible.
Russell uses Clicker/Marker training which is an operant conditioning method that creates a reward-based relationship between dog and dog parent. We recommend this advanced method for all pets, especially dogs that demonstrate nervous tendencies or those that need to build confidence and independence. It is also great for teaching fun skills and advanced obedience tricks such as Sit, Stay, Sit – Stay, Down, Down – Stay, Stand. Stand-Stay, Recalls, Loose Leash Walking, Heeling, Play Dead, Drop-It and Leave It.
We use an evidence-based approach, gentle and force-free methods, and positive reinforcement. These combine operant conditioning, classical conditioning, counter-conditioning, desensitization, and habituation, all of which help remedy mild and severe cases of fear aggression in dogs.
Our approach also remedies dog behavior problems like:
In addition, we will show you:
1 Hour – $295
(In addition to the one-hour session, you receive a detailed dog training and behavior analysis plan with abundant supporting resources)
(Online, one-on-one with Russell)
Here’s a list of the puppy products we recommend
Whether you live in Greater Los Angeles, live elsewhere, or travel a lot, the best dog trainer is only as far as your device of choice. Fun Paw Care’s Fear-Free Certified Dog Trainer, Behaviorist, and Nutritionist, Russell Hartstein can meet all of your dog training and behavioral needs through an online dog training session. We offer remote classes via phone or video chat. Russell will walk you through the same steps that he would if he were in your home doing a private one-on-one dog training or behavior modification session.
1 Hour – $295
(In addition to the one-hour session, you receive a detailed dog training and behavior analysis plan, with abundant supporting resources.)
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Contrary to popular belief, older dogs CAN learn new tricks. Dogs are never too old or too young to train.
Of course, training a more mature older dog differs from training a puppy. Your dog will need special attention from a certified dog trainer.
Our dog obedience training boot camps are perfect for mature dogs and puppies and for any dog who has picked up the kinds of habits you just can’t live with anymore. The program is customized to your family and dog’s needs, personality, and specific behavior problems. Once your dog receives Russell’s obedience training, Dog Training Boot Camp or Puppy Boot Camp in Los Angeles, you and your dog will be able to enjoy the loving, frustration-free relationship you’ve been hoping for.
No, I do not recommend meeting in the park or any other environment besides your home for several reasons.
You and your dog would be set up for failure and the session would be a waste of your time and money.
You never want to allow a dog to rehearse an inappropriate behavior. Meeting in an environment where your dog is over-aroused, stimulated or triggered is the worst place to start training and learning for people and dogs.
Dog Training is analogous to our K -12 schooling. Your dog (and parents) need to begin learning in kindergarten to build fundamentals and foundational training methods and protocols in the most familiar, non-distracting environment before even considering exposing your dog to a highly distracting Ph.D. course, such as a dog park or where they are triggered. Without a very strong conditioned history of foundational behavior work and desensitization and counterconditioning, a dog and parent will be set up for failure. And if you’re coming to me for behavior and training help, you and your dog are most likely not ready for those environments.
Also, because your home environment is so critical and affects all aspects of your dog’s behavior and is vital to any behavior inside or outside of the home, it is mandatory to see and work with your dog in your home first in order to assess your skills and your dogs before even thinking about upping the level to a distracting environment.
In our private positive reinforcement dog training session in your home, we will cover a tremendous amount of information, from A to Z about dogs. For example, you will learn about a dog’s behavior and training, learning theory, body language, husbandry, cognition, emotion, physiology, nutrition, socialization, and enrichment.
Lastly, because about 80% of the first session is geared specifically towards the parents it is imperative we have a comfortable place to speak and for you the parents to learn in as well as your dog.
A Certified Fear-Free Los Angeles Dog Trainer is a professional dog trainer who is Certified by Fear-Free Pets.
Fear-Free Pets is an animal training certificate program that focuses on training dogs through the use of positive reinforcement, as well as through a thorough understanding of a dog’s emotion, cognition, genetics, while also focusing on proper husbandry, gentling (handling), and antecedent arrangement (environment).
It’s also designed to help relieve a dog’s fear, anxiety, and stress in general, which can make training efforts more successful and curb anxiety-based problem behaviors.
Working with Fun Paw Care means taking advantage of a humane and effective dog training program. We want to be productive, but we also want to make the experience fun and positive for your dog. The positive reinforcement dog training your dog (and family) receives ensures that he or she is happy and eager to listen to your requests throughout training.
It depends on the training program you choose. In Russell’s Dog Boot Camp Los Angeles training course, he brings dogs on-site overnight for dog training and behavior modification. But Russell also offers puppy and dog training in LA and all over Greater Los Angeles. Russell provides exclusive one-on-one, private LA dog training in the comfort of your home working together to get the best results or on Fun Paw Care’s dog training and behavior ranch.
You can also obedience-train your dog and troubleshoot dog behavior issues with Russell even if you don’t live near Los Angeles. We offer Phone/Zoom/Skype dog training consultations so you can take advantage of Russell’s pet expertise from anywhere in the world.
Dog obedience training videos don’t work very well, but one-on-one consultations with certified dog trainers work wonderfully. You receive training right alongside your dog in real-time, which helps you interact better with your pup in the future.
We walk you through each dog training exercise while you physically perform the exercise with your dog in your home. We’re also on-hand to help you troubleshoot any problems that may arise, or help you address any concerns you may encounter.
Your dog deserves the best dog training LA offers.
Fun Paw Care is the only Certified Dog Behaviorist and Trainer-owned-and-operated private members-only luxury dog boarding, dog daycare and dog training Los Angeles school. With 30+ years of happy-dog experience, we train dogs (and thrill parents) in Malibu, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Venice, Manhattan Beach, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Calabasas, Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Hollywood, Palos Verdes, San Fernando Valley, and elsewhere in Greater Los Angeles. Read on to see what makes us different, or contact Fun Paw Care today.
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