We'll provide the very best training start for your new puppy or dog!
Five steps to shape your *Picture Perfect* Pet:
1. For young puppies--socialization & dog training:
NEW in January 2014
Puppy Day School! This drop-off dog training service is more than doggy daycare. It's all about socialization and training for young puppies - 8 to 23 weeks of age. Puppies learn basics including Touch, Come, Sit and Freeze and get socialization to both humans and other dogs in a safe, sanitary, controlled environment with qualified dog training instructors. This program incorporates elements of both our Pass the Puppy Party and our Puppy Play Skills lessons.
Pass the Puppy Party - teaches puppy to be gentle with teeth (bite inhibition), trust all kinds of humans doing/wearing all kinds of stuff (socialization to humans) and enjoy handling and grooming by friendly strangers (desensitization to grooming/handling).
Puppy Play Skills â€“allows puppy a chance to practice canine social skills in a safe, controlled environment. Also teaches dog owners how to read canine body language so that they can effectively monitor the conversations between dogs, and better understand when to play referee. Why start so young? The window of easy socialization for puppies closes around the age of 12 weeks! That gives most families less than a month to make the most of this critical developmental period. Good work during this phase of a puppyâ€™s life is the best way to prevent anxiety and aggression in adolescent and adult dogs â€“ and prevention is so much easier and economical than behavior modification for these issues. Worried about vaccinations? Please refer to the AVSAB (American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior) Position Statement on Puppy Socialization at the following web address to see the guidelines. Click here. ***COMING SOON*** Picture Perfect Puppy Day School (not your ordinary daycare program)! Check back after Thanksgiving for full details.
2. Puppy Perfect or Doggy Do-Right 6-week group dog training courses for an intro to basic safety cues & manners all dogs living amongst humans need to know.
3. Private Dog Training as needed for behavioral problem solving for issues like aggression towards people or dogs, barking, biting, chewing, digging, playing too roughly with children, general house training and so on. Some students also opt for private training if their schedule is too hectic to make a group course work, or if they feel they could benefit from additional coaching in real-world settings. Not all our instructors handle all cases or service all locations. For instance, while owner and head trainer, Bette Yip, specializes in teaching students to rehabilitate dogs that are reactive towards triggers, i.e., other dogs, new or unusual people, fast moving objects & sudden environmental changes, another instructor may only take on behavioral problem solving for housetraining, barking and destructive chewing. Feel free to contact us to see which of our instructors would be the best fit for your goals and location.
4. Continuing Canine Ed:
Level 2 - Beyond the Basics 6-week group course
Tricks Just for Fun
Coming soon, many more fun courses for you and your dog to enjoy together!
5. Pet Photography for timeless memories along the way.
Why choose us? See reviews on Yelp and the Better Business Bureau site to find out why our graduates recommend working with us! Just click the buttons below. We are also reviewed on Angie's List.
Want more details? Explore our site. Read our F.A.Q.. Feel free to send a message through this site or call (617) 966-4240 for assistance.
We can't wait to begin our work with you and your dog!
Choose Bette Yip's Picture Perfect Pets: a Boston area favorite for dog training and pet photography!
Boston.com's A-LIST 2013, 2nd Place in Best Dog Training
Boston.com's A-LIST 2012, 3rd Place in Best Dog Training
Boston.com's A-LIST 2011, 3rd Place in Best Dog Training
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 Readers' Choice Awards Winner for Best Trainer from Beantown Tails
Boston Magazine's Best of Boston 2006 for Best Pet Training School
Training & behavior modification for dogs of all ages.
Group dog training classes are offered at our new, larger location in Burlington, MA.
Private, in-home dog training by appointment throughout Greater Boston.
Even before your new puppy or adopted dog joins your home, itâ€™s a great time to reflect upon the influence early dog training can have in shaping a relationship thatâ€™s safe, loving and peaceful for both human family members and pets. Don't wait until your new puppy or adopted dog develops bad habits to break! Start your training right away! Preventative training is much easier. Still, it's never too late to learn, so if you need help with behavioral problem solving, we offer that, too.
Picture Perfect Pets specializes in tailoring your perfect mix of private dog training lessons in home or on location and group dog training courses to help your pet learn the skills needed to fit seamlessly into your chosen lifestyle, whether you're an active person who loves to hike and jog, a "couch potato" who loves to snuggle and relax or a family needing help creating harmony in a household with both kids and dogs.
Visit the dog training tab of this site to learn why Picture Perfect Pets has become one of the Boston area's favorite positive reinforcement and "clicker" based dog training programs. Feel free to explore our treasure trove of helpful dog training tips and training triumphs in that section, too.
Please note: Although use of a clicker in the beginning of your dog training program is highly recommended, an appropriate verbal reward marker may be used instead--just ask us for details. We do NOT use prong or choke collars in classes. If you need help choosing a dog-friendly pull-management tool, please ask.
Whether you have a new puppy, or an adolescent or adult dog that needs a review of (or introduction to) the basics, we have small group dog training classes (maximum 6 dogs) and private dog training options to help you reach your goals.
Find us on Facebook for pet related photos, discussions and fun. Click here.
Check out installments of Bette's Weekly Yip column on Arlington Patch. Click here.
If you are considering in home dog training, below are some of the locations within the Boston area that we can travel to. Travel surcharge may apply to some locations. Contact Bette for details!
If your town or city isn't mentioned here, feel free to contact Bette to inquire about dog training services in your area!
Bette Yip also offers fine pet & family portrait photography. As the saying goes, "a picture is worth a thousand words." Click over to her portrait photography portfolio, and let the images speak for themselves.
Bette Yip - Picture Perfect Pets Dog Training & Pet Photography
Located in Burlington, MA | Serving the entire Boston area!