Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behavior
Twenty First Annual Meeting – 2017..

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 24 – 26, 2017

Registration and abstract submission deadline

October 31, 2016
Please contact Wayne Hunthausen for late registration.


Austin, TX

Hotel Registration

10901 Domain Drive
Austin, Texas   78758

Telephone 512.814.2625

Reservations:        855.596.3398         or 

To get discounted rate,  make room reservations under our block by mentioning IFAAB 2017 if you call in, or 1702DOGSPE if you book online.

To avoid a one (1) night’s cancellation fee, guests must cancel their reservation twenty-four (24) hours before the scheduled day of arrival.
















Subject to applicable state and local taxes which are currently 15% and are subject to change without notice.

· Complimentary WI-FI in all public areas, overnight guest rooms and throughout the meeting & event space
· Complimentary daily and overnight self-parking based upon availability
· Complimentary Breakfast served off daily in the Water Trough for all overnight guests

Make reservations prior to Friday, February 3rd 2017. At that time rooms will be released for general sale. Lone Star Court will continue to accept reservations at the prevailing rate based on room availability. The IFAAB 2017 rate will be available two (2) days before and two (2) days after the contracted room block, based on the group rate and room availability.

Travel information


Shuttle options:

1)       Super Shuttle with round trip around $42.  
Write in the Lone Star Court address (10910 Domain Drive, Austin), NOT the name of the hotel.

2)      The hotel  recommends Sam with the Domain Chauffer Service, 702.375.7334 and just let him know that I/ the hotel recommended you and he should cut you a deal.

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Area information

Daily tours of the greatest, hugest, world famous wall  - availability may change, please check back in November

Meal information

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Hotel provides a complimentary breakfast

IFAAB provides lunch and an afternoon snack.
[Please indicate on your registration form if you prefer roots and leaves to meat]

Dinners are on your own.

    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 31, 2016.   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 24, 2016

·         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

·                     Jessica Lockhart 

·                     Sasha Protopopova

·                     Amy Marder         


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, 2017.  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, or they can be listed, but mention in parenthesis that the person won't attend))

·         These 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 (with an additional 10 minute discussion – 30 minutes total). 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 – their use and/or assessment.
  • Discussion on plagiarism – what it is, what should you cite, not site, infringement of copyright, what’s fair use
  • Communication, social media
  • Roles, boundaries and competencies – how to play well with others,  delegating
  • “Certifications” – What do they mean?
  • More research
  • Whadda ya think of this? - What’s important, what we struggle with,
  • Avalanche rescue dogs  detection dogs –presentations with videos
  • 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

·       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

·       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

·       New and interesting treatment procedures

·       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)

·       Paying attention to relationships that are causal versus correlational

·       The use and assessment of behavioral assessments





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