Russell has been appointed by two consecutive Mayors, as a member & liaison of the Disability Access Committee (D.A.C.) for his service dog training and community leadership expertise. Russell offers therapy dog training, emotional support dog training, Canine Good Citizen, and service dog training for all in need.
Would you like your dog to go to hospitals, senior centers, and schools to help those in need benefit from your therapy dog? Training for our therapy dog certification will set you and your dog up for success.
Do you have a need for an ESA dog to be with you in your home? Do you need to travel with your emotional support dog to ease your anxiety, fear, or stress? If you need your ESA-trained dog to live with you in no dog allowed homes, apartment buildings and HOA’s, and your landlord or building won’t allow it, start emotional support dog training today.
Do you have a disability that requires the help of a dog to mitigate your disability and help you in life?
There are several different kinds of service dogs, including guide dogs, hearing dogs, mobility dogs, seizure alert/response dogs, psychiatric service dogs (PSD), and autism dogs. There are also other types of dogs with jobs that help people, including therapy dogs and emotional support animals (ESA).
Every person and service dog is unique, while service dogs are trained specifically to mitigate an individual’s disability, therapy dogs and emotional support dogs are not. Please visit our service dog training page and call if you have a specific disability that a service animal would help mitigate.
Russell has been awarded Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator and STAR Puppy Evaluator by the American Kennel Club (AKC) for decades. Although Fun Paw Care does not support the AKC, we train dogs to a high degree of proficiency to meet higher standards than their Canine Good Citizen certification test and evaluate and test them after they have been sufficiently trained. Setting a standard higher than being a CGC shows a commitment that you are a responsible pet guardian and that your pet exhibits exceptional manners, behavior, and is well trained.
The CGC and similar designated criteria are regarded by many pet professionals as the stepping stone to becoming a Therapy Dog or Service Dog.
If your dog passes, they will receive a CGC Title by Fun Paw Care’s Canine Good Citizen program and be a CGC dog and maybe on their way to becoming an obedience champion, ESA, Therapy Dog or Service Dog. Please see our more intense first-class therapy dog Boot Camp training for Los Angeles parents that want to focus on a specific behavior and training issue or who want to speed up their therapy dog training.
1 Hour – $295 & Up
(In addition to the one-hour session, you receive a detailed therapy dog training and behavior analysis plan with abundant supporting resources)
Before taking the Canine Good Citizen test, parents will sign the Responsible Dog Parents Pledge. Being a responsible dog parent is an integral part of the CGC dog training test whereby parents agree to take care of their dog’s safety, health needs, exercise, training, and quality of life. In addition, parents show responsibility by doing things such as never letting dogs infringe on the rights of others and cleaning up after their dogs in public places.
Once the Responsible Dog Parent Pledge is signed, parents and their dogs are ready to take the dog training test. Items on the Canine Good Citizen Test include:
The dog trainer/evaluator inspects the dog to determine if it is groomed and clean. The dog must appear to be in healthy condition (i.e., clean, healthy, proper weight, and alert). The dog handler should supply the brush or comb commonly used on the dog. The dog trainer/evaluator then gently brushes or combs the dog. In a natural manner, the dog trainer/evaluator will gently examine the ears and gently lifts up each foot. It is not necessary for the dog to hold a specific position during the examination and the handler may praise the dog, talk to the dog, and give encouragement throughout the test.
The dog trainer/evaluator may use a pre-plotted course or may direct the dog/handler team by issuing instructions or cues. Regardless of the course, there should be a left turn, right turn, and an about turn with at least one stop in between and another at the end. The handler may praise the dog, talk to the dog along the way, or give cues or requests in a normal tone of voice. The handler may also ask the dog to sit at the halts if desired.
The parent chooses the position for the stay. The handler may take a reasonable amount of time and use more than one cue to get the dog to sit and then down. The dog trainer/evaluator will determine if the dog has responded to the handler’s requests.
The handler may touch the dog to offer gentle guidance but may not force the dog into position. When instructed by the dog trainer/evaluator, the handler asks the dog to stay and walks forward the length of the 20 – foot line, turns, and returns to the dog at a natural pace. The dog must remain in the place in which it was left (it may change position) until the dog trainer/evaluator instructs the handler to release the dog. It is acceptable to release the dog from the front or the side.
Examples of distractions may include rolling a crate dolly past the dog, dropping a chair, dropping a cane or crutch, or having a jogger run in front of the dog. The dog should not show aggressiveness, bark, panic, or try to run away but may express natural interest and curiosity and/or may appear slightly startled. The handler may encourage and or praise the dog throughout the exercise or talk to the dog.
The dog does not have to stay in one position but should not continually whine, pace excessively, bark, or show anything other than mild agitation or nervousness. Dog trainers/evaluators may talk to the dog but should not engage in excessive petting, talking, or management attempts.
For all of the tests, the dog/s must be on a leash. For collars, special training dog collars such as head halters, and abusive pinch collars, choke chains and electronic collars are not permitted in the Los Angeles dog training test and should be illegal and never be used in any environment. However, rear attaching body harnesses may be used in the dog training test as long as it does not completely restrict the dog’s movement to the degree that could not pull or jump if he/she tried.
Although some non-aversive equipment may be effective and helpful to prevent your dog from pulling, your dog should be trained well enough to behave without any need for such devices.
Your dog :), yourself, the dog’s comb or brush, your leash, collar, water for your dog, and happy, calm energy. The dog trainer/test evaluator will supply the 20 – foot lead for the test.
You may use encouragement, positive energy, and praise throughout the test. Petting the dog between exercises is acceptable however treats, food, and toys are not.
No dog or parent is a failure; this just means that you and your best friend need more human and dog training. Any dog that eliminates during the test and needs potty training will be marked as a dismissal/failure. There is one exception to that rule, and that is when the dog has supervised separation, and it is held outdoors. Any dog that displays behavior problems such as a dog that bites, growls, snaps, attacks, lunges, displays any fear, anxiety or stress or attempts to attack another dog or human is not a well-trained dog and will be automatically dismissed/failed.
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