500 Legacy Farms North, Hopkinton MA 01748 508-435-6938

We're pleased to host free talks on a range of animal care topics. 

Lecture Series

Upcoming Events

Click to Calm, led by Canine Behavior Training Consultant Emma Parsons
10AM-noon, Sunday, February 24
Hopkinton Center for the Arts
This talk will present the "Click to Calm" techniques for safely and effectively teaching dogs that are fearful or over-reactive to both people or other dogs. Through clicker training, it is possible to shape a dog's emotion from one of fear and uncertainty to one of courage and confidence. 
Emma Parsons has been training dogs for more than 20 years and specializes in managing and rehabilitating reactive dogs. Emma is a faculty member of Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior, as well as a Clicker Expo faculty member. She gives Click to Calm seminars around the world, teaching others how to manage and rehabilitate reactive dogs. Emma is the author of Click to Calm: Healing the Aggressive Dog and Teaching the Reactive Dog Class as well as some best-selling DVDs. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.
Note: We invite adults and children 12 and older to join this free talk. For the safety of all, we request that children under 12 and pets not attend
This is expected to be a popular event, so please RSVP today to reserve your spot!

Free Talk: The Incredible Benefits of Puppy Socialization, led by Certified Canine Behavior Counselor and Trainer Kim Melanson, CPDT-KA
10:30am-12:00pm, Saturday, April 6
Hopkinton Public Library

From about three weeks to three months of age, puppies are primed for bonding to other animals and individuals - and to learn that objects, people, and environments are safe. We invite you to join a free talk, led by Certified Canine Behavior Counselor and Trainer Kim Melanson, CPDT-KA, about this important time in a puppy's life and how you can prepare your puppy to be comfortable and confident in the world around him.

Puppies who do not get adequate socialization during this period tend to be fearful of many unfamiliar people, animals, or stimuli (sounds, objects, and environments). However, socialization involves more than simply exposing your puppy to various situations. It involves making sure they're having a positive experience from this exposure.

During this session, Kim will share what interactions are best for socializing puppies, how to read your puppy's body language, and fun ways to set your puppy up for success.

As an experienced certified canine behavior counselor and trainer, Kim has worked with dogs, shelters, rescues, and dog guardians since 2001. She currently teaches public dog training classes, performs behavior evaluations, and conducts training and behavioral consultations for shelters, rescues, animal control officers, nonprofits, educational institutions, and dog guardians. In addition, she is a AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator and holds a certificate in Canine Counseling from the San Francisco SPCA.

Note: We invite adults and children 12 and older to join this free talk. For the safety of all, we request that children under 12 and pets not attend

Please contact us at humaneeducation@baypathhumane.org to book your spot today


Event Recordings 

positive reinforcement training talkThank you to Nance Moran and Dana Langley from Life is Dog, Inc. for joining us for a free talk on overcoming common dog behavior challenges. The session was jam packed with helpful tips on applying positive reinforcement (treats and praise), which is a proven method for encouraging positive behaviors in our dogs.

 Watch the video.


We were thrilled to have a full house for our recent talk on dog behavior, led by renowned animal behaviorist Kelley Bollen, MS, CABC. As the owner and director of Animal Alliances, LLC, Kelley consults with pet owners and shelters to improve the lives of companion animals. She spoke about common dog behavior issues such as barking and jumping, provided practical strategies for addressing them, and answered questions about specific dog issues. 

Watch the video.


We were honored to have Stephanie Harris, Massachusetts State Director for the Humane Society of the US, join us for a discussion about hot legislative topics in Massachusetts. She shared what each of us can do to help create a more humane society right here in the Commonwealth.

Watch the video.


A special thank you!

We're grateful to Middlesex Savings Bank and the Humane Society of the US for sponsoring our recent talks, to the Hopkinton Community Center and the Hopkinton Public Library for hosting us, and to our friends at HCAM for recording the Lecture Series.