What is a service dog? The United States Code of Federal Regulations for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which took effect March 15, 2011, defines a service animal as “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.”
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Option 1: Service Dog Training Boot Camp (Boarding & Training)
Option 2: Service Dog Behavior Modification, Troubleshooting & Obedience Task Training
Option 3: Online Service Dog Training Classes & Answers to All Service Dog Questions
Service Dog Training FAQs
How do I get a service dog? There are many ways to pursue service dog training. Los Angeles dog training from Fun Paw Care is individually catered to your disability and schedule. If you are a person with a disability who would benefit from a trained service dog, we can help.
Fun Paw Care trains service dogs, therapy dogs, psychiatric service dogs (PSD), and emotional support dogs/animals (ESD/ESA) in your home or on our 5-acre ranch to make you and your service dog as happy as possible. We improve the lives of people and their working companions.
Read on to find out more about each of our 3 specific Los Angeles service dog training services.
There are many ways to train a Service Dog. Los Angeles parents work with Russell Hartstein, a renowned Certified Dog Behaviorist and Trainer to train your Service Dog or you can also learn how to do it yourself.
Fun Paw Care does not breed or sell service dogs. We help train your dog to become a service dog. How to train a service dog depends upon a person’s disability.
There are many different types of working service dogs. Fun Paw Care trains service dogs in LA, and all over the Greater Los Angeles area and the country for specific tasks to mitigate a plethora of disabilities. Service dogs and other working dogs that we train are:
Russell Hartstein was a member of the Disability Access Committee (D.A.C.), for 10 years! Appointed by two consecutive Mayors for his years of dedication and vast contribution to the community, people with disabilities, and training Los Angeles service dogs.
Service dogs are traditionally trained at a service dog training facility and then after a period are paired with a person with a disability. We offer this service on a limited basis to uphold the greatest quality, guarantee, and dedication given to each person and dog team.
We often get asked, how can I get a service dog trained by a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and Certified Professional service Dog Trainers (CPDT)? We began offering service dog training at our facility or in one of our trainer’s homes to cater to the busy schedules of our clients and to provide the flexibility for people who do not have the time, desire or expertise to train a service dog, therapy dog, psychiatric service dog or emotional support animal. Because of limited space, this service is limited to 1-2 dogs at a time.
Service dogs are traditionally trained at a service dog training facility and then after a period are paired with a person with a disability. Although we do not sell service dogs, we offer this service listed below (Los Angeles Dog Boarding and Service Dog Training), on a limited basis to uphold the greatest quality, guarantee, and dedication given to each person and dog team. However, we also realize the deficiencies rampant in the service dog training industry with this type of service.
There are several problems with this model that Fun Paw Care recognized and rectified:
To combat these issues and to better serve people and our community we have developed an alternative option that is a more flexible, catered service dog training program. A Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and Certified Professional service Dog Trainer (CPDT) will come to your home and work exclusively with you and your dog. This service offers individuals a customized, first-class, service dog training experience without any restrictions.
1 Hour – $295 & Up
(In addition to the one-hour session, you receive a detailed service dog training and behavior analysis plan with abundant supporting resources)
Service Dogs, Emotional Support Animals (ESA), Therapy Dogs, what are they, and what’s the difference? If you are confused about your dog’s training criteria, your rights, or the laws regarding the different designations between different types of working dogs, this is the service for you!
Service dogs, Emotional Support Animals, and Therapy Dogs are not all the same or even related. If you are confused about the difference between the three different classifications/titles of dogs, the nuances, intricacies, and differences between them, we will explain them to you and help you make an educated decision about what is right for you, your family and your dog.
During our phone call you will receive:
Don’t let all of the subtle yet important differences in training dog labels stop you from understanding your rights, the laws, and the differences between a Service Dog, an Emotional Support Animal, or a Therapy Dog. Don’t fall behind when it comes to laws and training. Don’t get ripped off online being sold useless, unnecessary “certifications”, patches, jackets, titles, or doctor notes. Keep in mind, in many states it is now a misdemeanor or felony to misrepresent your dog’s abilities and/or title.
Whether you would like a service dog trainer, emotional support animal trainer, therapy dog trainer, or to learn more about the canine good citizen test or any other rules and regulations regarding dogs and working animals, we will help. Regardless if you live in Los Angeles, California, Miami, or overseas, call today to receive the most up-to-date rules, regulations, and laws as they pertain to you and your family dog, all in one place.
1 Hour – $295
(In addition to the one-hour session, you receive a detailed service dog training and behavior analysis plan with abundant supporting resources)
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Many dogs help people with unseen disabilities. Mental disabilities to the extent that the ADA classifies them as a disability means that it doesn’t matter how well trained your pet dog is nor if you have an emotional illness or are in need of an emotional support dog/animal. A mental illness does not necessarily mean that you are disabled. If you have a mental impairment but are still able to function and live life without a dog, you are not considered disabled by the ADA.
According to the ADA, you qualify for a PSD if your:
If your dog is specifically task trained (not just general good dog behaviors) to mitigate your PSD disability and you meet the above ADA criteria you may call your working animal a psychiatric service dog.
Generally speaking, if you are not sure if you need a service dog, you most likely don’t. It is painfully obvious to a person with a disability that if they don’t have the help of a service dog they cannot function.
There are several tasks and conditions that we can help train your PSD for. Some of the most common mental health disability conditions are when a person has:
Many people incorrectly believe that an ESD is the same as a PSD. They are not.
Now that Emotional Support Dogs (ESD) and Emotional Support Animals (ESA) are no longer allowed to travel with or fly with a person on an airplane, many people are naturally looking to turn their ESD’s into Psychiatric Service Dogs.
It’s a logical assumption because both an emotional impairment and mental disability are similar only in that they share the same “invisible” qualities that an outsider can not readily see if a person has a mental, emotional or psychiatric disability. However, this is where their similarities typically end.
Also worth noting is that psychiatric service dogs can also be emotional support animals but not the reverse.
If you have a PSD and would like to receive the best service dog training in Los Angeles please contact us today.
An emotional service dog while extremely valuable to many people and enhancing the quality of life for many, are not considered service dogs. There is a difference between an ESD that makes a person feel better, more secure, comfortable, confident, socially engaging, etc. vs. a PSD that performs specific tasks to mitigate a disability. Without the PSD a person with a disability would not be able to function and perform minimum life activities without the help of a service dog.
If the latter describes your current state, you may qualify for a PSD and your service dog will be required to perform tasks to mitigate your specific psychiatric disability.
Examples of PSD tasks a service dog can be trained for are:
According to the new laws in place which take effect on January 1 2021 your service animal must be:
No ethical legitimate service dog trainer, behaviorist or any online company would sell Service Dog Certifications, ESA certifications or any other type of certifications without training and thoroughly evaluating your service dog and your needs.
If you are in need of a service dog certification, or a PSD certification to fly with your dog or your landlord or apartment requires a service dog certificate, Russell Hartstein can provide a Service Dog, Emotional Support Dog, Therapy Dog, and/or CGC dog certification upon completion of training.
However, we do not sell service dog certifications, emotional support dog certifications, or therapy dog certifications nor is it ethical to do so.
Service dog certifications and all other dog training certifications are contingent upon Fun Paw Care’s expert Service Dog Training, analysis, and discretion.
We don’t sell or provide certifications for PSD, Emotional Support Animals, or any type of dog training certifications without Fun Paw Care training your dog and/or thoroughly analyzing your service dog’s behavior and task training.
We can provide service dog or ESA certification if needed/desired, however, if you trained your service dog yourself or your dog was trained by another service dog trainer, Russell would still need to thoroughly analyze your service dog’s tasks and behavior (both inside and outside) and make sure your dog is task trained for your disability and that your dog has no behavior problems in public around a multitude of stimuli. Public access training is equally important as task training.
For example, if your dog can perform operant tasks to mitigate your disability at home but is reactive, aroused, too friendly, fearful or stressed around dogs, cats, squirrels, people, etc., or any stimuli (animate or inanimate) outside of your home in any environment, your dog needs behavior modification before Fun Paw Care would consider offering a service dog certification or any letter that deems your dog a legitimate working animal that is suitable to fly, travel or live with you where pets are not permitted.
Unfortunately, you can not travel with your ESD any longer regardless of what you used to do. I would also write to your congressman and senator to let them know your thoughts about the new regulation.
It doesn’t matter if your emotional support dog has traveled everywhere with you around the world for years. The new laws do not allow emotional support dogs to travel with you.
If you do not have a disability as defined by the ADA, you may not travel with your working animal dog or pet under any circumstances. If you have a clinical disability as defined by the ADA your dog may qualify for a Service Dog.
Understand that a Service Dog takes hundreds if not thousands of hours of training either by you or by a service dog training professional. In any event, an airline and the DOT application will likely contact a service dog trainer like Russell Hartstein and ask him to testify as to the hours of training, behavior, and task training ability of your service dog.
You have many options for caring for your dog while you are traveling such as
Unfortunately, an ESA is no longer allowed to fly or travel with you. Make plans for dog boarding, dog daycare, and have a safe pet care plan way before you intend on traveling with your pet.
A percentage of all Fun Paw Care sales goes toward volunteering and giving back via animal advocacy: rescuing and fostering homeless dogs and cats, and giving back via free community educational seminars.
If you want the very best service dog training Los Angeles and Greater Los Angeles has to offer, choose Fun Paw Care
* It is important to remember that in the context of the ADA, “disability” is a legal term rather than a medical one. Because it has a legal definition, the ADA’s definition of disability is different from how disability is defined under some other laws, such as for Social Security Disability related benefits.
The ADA defines a person with a disability as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
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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