Russell Hartstein

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Original short description: "American dog trainer"

Russell Hartstein, Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) (born in Manhattan, New York) is an American pet expert and certified dog and cat behaviorist and trainer who works with celebrities and animal rights charitable organizations.[1][2]

Hartstein has over 30 years of experience training animals and is one of less than 200 certified dog behaviorist consultants in the world.[3] Hartstein credits his adolescence living in Manhattan for opening the door to his future career working with public-figures and their pets. "I grew up in Manhattan and many of my friends were actors, celebrities, artists, CEO’s, visionaries and entrepreneurs."[4] Originally based in Miami, FL, Hartstein formed his company, Fun Paw Care, to provide advanced pet training classes for emotional support animals as well as service dogs to the residents of Miami.[5] Hartstein and his company have since relocated to Los Angeles, CA.[6][7][8]


Hartstein began his career on Wall Street as the founding principle of a hedge fund but transitioned out of Finance when he realized it wasn't his passion.[9] After relocating to Florida, Hartstein and his childhood friend from New York, actor Steve Guttenberg, developed a close relationship with former Miami Beach Mayor, Philip Levine. Together the three of them partnered on a variety of charitable events to increase awareness for service animals and illnesses which often require service animals.[10] For their work, Hartstein received a Certificate of Recognition from Levine on behalf of the City of Miami Beach, while Guttenberg received a 'Key to the City'.[11] Hartstein went on to become a Board Member of the Disability Access Committee (D.A.C.) after being appointed by 2 consecutive mayors.[12][13][14] In addition to his relationships with Levine and Guttenberg, Hartstein has also partnered with world-renowned primatologist and anthropologist, Dr. Jane Goodall and her Roots & Shoots organization.[15] Having worked in New York City, South Beach, and now, Los Angeles, Hartstein gained notoriety by regularly working with notable residents including:[16][17][18]

Hartstein is often featured in media outlets and publications where he shares his insight into animal behavior and shares tips for improved behavior. [19][20][21][22] He has also been a contributing author at PetMD, Chewy, and Dogster.[23][24][25]


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  2. Conklin, Lisa Marie. "15 Training Secrets Dog Trainers Won't Tell You for Free" (in en-US). 
  3. Roberts-Grey, Gina. "Understanding your pup’s peculiar potty habits" (in en-US). 
  4. "A Day in the Life of a Dog Trainer to the Stars" (in en-US). 2015-02-13. 
  5. "The dogfight between South Florida pet owners, condo associations". 
  6. Hussein, Jennifer (Oct 29, 2019). "6 signs your cat secretly hates you, Business Insider - Business Insider" (in en-US). 
  7. Murphy, Jen (2019-12-01). "This Marathoner Is a Dog’s Best Friend" (in en-US). Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. 
  8. Alex; Jun 04, ra Anastasio; Jun 04, 2018 | 3 Minutes; Minutes, 2018 | 3. "Do Dogs Grieve the Loss of Their Human Owners?" (in en). 
  9. Stories, Local. "Meet Russell Hartstein of Fun Paw Care in Santa Monica - Voyage LA Magazine | LA City Guide" (in en-US). 
  10. Newspapers, Community (2014-10-23). "Steve Guttenberg to use his star power to increase visibility for two Miami Beach charities, Oct. 17 – 19" (in en-US). 
  11. "Testimonials - Fun Paw Care | Reviews". 
  12. Meyer, Tami Kamin. "Looking for a volunteer job in retirement? Your dog can help" (in en-US). 
  13. "Russell Hartstein" (in en-US). 
  14. "Miami Beach Boards & Committees". August 8, 2018. 
  15. "Roots & Shoots and Fun Paw Care". 
  16. Star, Charell; February 23, Business News Daily Contributing Writer; EST, 2018 08:13 am. "10 Best Jobs for People Who Love Celebrities". 
  17. "A Day in the Life of a Dog Trainer to the Stars" (in en-US). 2015-02-13. 
  18. "Derrick Adams, Russell Hartstein, Shantell Martin and Jonathan..." (in en-us). 
  19. "How to Stop Your Dog from Barking—Without Yelling" (in en-US). 
  20. Nuñez, Alanna. "How to Train Your Dog to Run With You" (in en-us). 
  21. Segal, Barri; Articles, More; June 09, 2018 (2018-06-09). "Secrets Your Dog Is Trying to Tell You With His Tail" (in en-US). 
  22. "Dog/Cat Training, Behavior, Nutrition, & Pet Expert Media". 
  23. "How to Teach a Dog to Sit No Matter Where You Are". 
  24. "Leash Aggression: Training Tips for Fearful Dogs and Reactive Dogs" (in en-US). 2018-04-11. 
  25. Hartstein, Russell (2014-07-03). "6 Tips to Help Your Dog Survive This 4th of July" (in en-US).