Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behavior
Twentieth Annual Meeting - 2016

The Forum will be limited to the first 25 people who submit an approved abstract. This meeting is for people who are experienced in the field, not for those wanting assistance entering the field. Everyone who attends must present.  Space is limited so we regret we cannot accommodate visitors and onlookers


Program Schedule



   Guidelines for site host, program
committee & moderator



February 26 – 28, 2016

Registration and abstract submission deadline

October 15, 2015
Please contact Wayne Hunthausen for late registration.


Phoenix, AZ

Hotel Registration

Graduate Hotel
225 East Apache Boulevard
Tempe, AZ 85281


Room rate is $159 plus tax for either a one bed king room or two queens.
Amenities include 24 hour fitness center, outdoor pool, self-parking at $6/night.
Hotel is pet friendly.

Room rates are available 2 days prior and 2 days after IFAAB dates

Spring Training will also likely start the same weekend so we HIGHLY recommend you book early.

The cut-off date for making hotel reservations at a reduced group rate is 
December 26th, 2015


Travel information

Complimentary shuttle from airport to hotel

Area information


Average Feb. high temperature in Tempe is 70, average low is 50

The hotel is across the street from Arizona State University, and a short walk to all of the Mill Avenue shops and ASU Gammage theater.

Tempe Town Lake and Salt River are nearby with kayaks for rent, Segway tours, and great walking and running routes.

Meal information

Lunches and breakfasts included.

    Site Hosts

Suzanne Hetts

Dan Estep   

Meeting Registration

·         The registration fee covers catering, meeting room, AV and organizing expenses.

·         Mail your registration form and a check payable to IFAAB for $90.00 (US funds) to Wayne Hunthausen.

·         One to three abstracts must be submitted in the body of an email (see below) to Wayne Hunthausen by October 15, 2015.   Please do not send as an attachment.

·         Registrations will not be accepted without an emailed abstract.

·         Acceptance of abstracts will be competitive and dependent on content. 

·         Acceptance/rejection notification will be by email prior to November 1, 2015

·         Please consider carefully your commitment to attending when you submit your abstract.  Late cancellations have financial consequences if we cannot meet our room quota and may not give those on the waiting list sufficient time to make travel plans and take advantage of discounted room rates. Thanks!

Wayne Hunthausen
4820 Rainbow Blvd
Westwood, KS 66205

Program committee

Cancellation and refunds

·       If you know you will need to cancel, please do so as soon as possible so someone on the waiting list can be contacted.

·       Contact Wayne Hunthausen

·       Full refund if cancellation is received by January 1, 2015.  None after that date


Length of presentation may be from 20 to 50 minutes.  Allow 20-60% of your time for group discussion.  Present enough information to trigger a stimulating discussion.

Please bring your PowerPoint presentation and videos on a flash drive,

 Suggested presentations formats:

·      Practical applications

·      Interesting case histories for discussion (videos encouraged)   Case report guidelines

·        Panel discussion:  2 to 3 panel participants give a short introduction to topic and then open the discussion to the group

·       Research presentations 

Be sure to send a/v requirements and estimated time of presentation with your registration.


To attend, the submitted abstract/topic must be accepted by the program committee.  Acceptance of abstracts will be competitive and dependant on content.  The program committee will determine whether to accept, accept with minor revisions or reject an abstract that is submitted.

·         Participants will be notified by email once they are accepted.

·         Each attendee must either give a presentation on a topic, lead a discussion, or participate on a panel.

·         The topics must be related to the field of applied animal behavior, and relevant to behavior consultants.  

·         Abstracts should be 75-300 words, have a title, be concise and in a form ready to be posted on the IFAAB website. (Please only put the names of the presenters on the abstract (not names of 2nd authors who won't attend)

·         Need not be detailed. Provide enough info so attendees will have a general idea of the presentation. 

·         Must send in the body of an email, not as an attachment. 

·         Send a/v requirements and estimated time of presentation with your abstract

·         Consider the topics listed below when choosing your abstracts – but , of course, in keeping with  the spirit of past meetings, anything goes. 

·         Preferences will be given to 20 minute presentations. Panels can be longer.

A/V equipment available

·         LCD projector 

·         Flip chart and  markers

·         Please note that videos must be digital (CD, DVD, Flash drive or on computer).  No VHS, beta, film (whatever that is), etc.

·         To save time between presentations, we request that your PPoint presentation be on a flash drive.

If you need anything else be sure to contact the site host

Suggested Presentation Topics for Meeting:

Topics suggested for discussion by previous participants:

More panel presentations Panel Ideas

Shorter presentations, longer discussions. 
Discussion topics with a list of discussion questions

  • Research data, interesting cases with new ideas or twists  
  • Presentations addressing other than dogs - cats, horses, birds, pigs
  • Behavior tools, products, gadgets, equipment, resources
  • Discussion on plagiarism – what it is, what should you cite, not site, infringement of copyright, what’s fair use
  • Communication, social media
  • Roles and boundaries – how to play well with others,  delegating
  • “Certifications” – What do they mean?
  • Reaching the public about body language info
  • More research
  • Whadda ya think of this? - What’s important, what we struggle with,
  • Avalanche rescue dogs  detection dogs –presentations with videos
  • Pros and cons and exactly how one uses the various dog head halters or harnesses that are available
  • Communication with the media and/or use of social media

·       General:  More practical information to share, more panels, more case studies

·       Business topics – insurance, marketing, strategies for obtaining referrals, turning phone calls into appointments

·       Owner interpretation vs. consultant interpretation of problems, goals

·       Ethics

·       Resources for staying current in the field

·       Observing owners, human-animal bond – how do we address, increase healthy human-pet relationship

·       Animal learning or ethological theory as they relate to the diagnosis or treatment of behavior problems

·       How to deal with/assess people

·       Behavioral pharmacology

·       Cat social hierarchies

·       Cat training – clicker training for shy cats

·       Psychogenic alopecia

·       Making the transition from academia to small business owners

·       Medical causes of behavior problems

·       Facilitating behaviorist/veterinary/trainer/breeder/shelter relationships

·       Preventive behavior care – such as socialization programs, and more

·       Community education

·       1/2 day of case studies - primarily unusual, difficult, new techniques, NOT run of the mill stuff

·        Social psychologist  to discuss attraction theory

·        New and interesting treatment procedures

·       Unhealthy pet-person relationships

·       Comparative communication systems

·       Systematic approach to different treatment techniques

·       What we do on first contact by phone – what do you say, what do you make sure you say (A good topic for a panel - Whoever presents on this topic might contact folks ahead of time and gather data about commonalties that could be part of the presentation)

Tentative Time-Frame For The MEETING 

·         April 1 - Site determined

·         May 1 - Registration information postcards and email sent

·         Oct 15 - Registration and abstract submission deadline 

·         Oct      - Abstracts sent by email to the program committee.

·         Nov  7 - Applicants notified by email that their applications are complete.

·         Nov  7 - Committee begins to design a tentative program. The committee communicates with applicants for which there are questions to work out acceptable abstracts.

·         Nov 21 - Program committee finalizes program

·         Nov 25 - Applicants notified that their abstracts (and which ones) have been accepted.

·         Dec 12 - Program committee sends final  program  with a list of equipment requirements to W Hunthausen for posting on website. 
























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