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
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Thank 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.
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.
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.
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.