April 19 – 21, 2013

The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), in cooperation with Dogs of Course, will be hosting a very different kind of conference – a Behavior in Practice Symposium including hands–on work with:

Plus a special opportunity to participate in a Chicken Mini-Workshop with Bob Bailey and Parvene Farhoody.

This unique 3–day event will focus on putting into practice the many skills discussed and demonstrated in the presentations, with large group, small group and individual feedback and instruction. We will also be making a music video to demonstrate and play with "DROs." – "other" behaviors that can be used for fun or for work in building better skills when modifying behavior. This will be presented as a hands-on, single track event, with all participants involved in all stages and facets of the weekend.

Participants will be able to discuss their own cases or their own animals, get feedback on questions, and learn from other members as well as from the extremely knowledgeable staff who will be on hand throughout the conference.

This event is open to the public, and registration will be extremely limited (150 people).

Tickets & Registration

Symposium Cost

  • $485 - Three days, register and pay on or before February 10, 2013
  • $525 - Three days, register and pay after February 10, 2013
  • $355 - Two days, register and pay on or before February 10, 2013
  • $385 - Two days, register and pay after February 10, 2013
  • $250 - One day, register and pay on or before February 10, 2013
  • $275 - One day, register and pay after February 10, 2013

Chicken Mini-Workshop:

  • $25 - Bob Bailey's Chicken Mini-Workshop is available only to those who attend Saturday's seminar.

Registration includes seminar support materials and the following meals: (Additional meals will be the attendee's responsibility.)

friday 4/19 saturday 4/20 sunday 4/21
Breakfast Breakfast Brunch Buffet
Lunch Lunch X
X Afternoon Coffee & Snacks X
Appetizers & Pasta Dinner (buffet) X X

A 10% IAABC member discount is available to IAABC members only. You will enter the email address you have on file with IAABC on the registration sheet to receive the discount.

Registration for the Chicken Mini-Workshop is optional.

Registration ends 5 days prior to the event or when registration limit is met. Registration at the door may be available depending on space. Check back at this page for walk-in registration information after preregistration ends. There will be a $10/day additional charge for walk-in registration if available.

Registration Questions? Contact Dana Crevling.

You may pay for tuition by:
• Personal or Bank Check
• PayPal - using your account or opening a new account
• Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover through PayPal's secure system
Complete payment information will come up on the screen after you complete registration. General Payment Information

Please familiarize yourself with the Registration/Refund Policy, and the Waiver before signing up

Additional Ways to Participate

Dr. Friedman's LLA Professional Course Graduates: If you have taken Dr. Friedman's LLA Professional course and are interested in coming, please contact Marjie Alonso for an additional opportunity for involvement.

Animals in Attendance

A limited number of pre-selected companion animals will be registered and attend the event as participants. Depending on their suitability, and our needs, they may be used for training and demonstrations, as well as star in the music video. Animals must be comfortable with other animals and humans. Every effort will be made to give adequate space to all participating animals, but close quarters are inevitable in this communal, single room setting. Expect to crate your animal in the conference room area when not actively training. Your animal may be crated away from you when not working so must be quiet and not disrupt the symposium.

In order for your animal to be considered as a participant, you must already be registered for all three days. Your registration and participation cannot be contingent on whether your animal is also accepted. Please understand that the selection process is partially determined by the needs of the overall symposium and the different activities the animals will be involved in.

(No animals, other than the chickens being trained, will be allowed in the room during the Saturday evening Chicken Workshops.)

If you would like to bring an animal, please contact Dana Crevling/Marjie Alonso.

Rules & Considerations

NO Audio or Videotaping, please.

Please remember to dress in layers so you are responsible for your own comfort. The temperature of the conference rooms will be set by the hotel staff for the comfort of the average person.

We ask that only participants who have registered their animal have them in the conference rooms during the seminar. Non-registered pets are allowed in the hotel and on the grounds per the hotel's policy, but are NOT permitted in the conference rooms at any time.

Participants asked to leave the event/property because her/his animal is dangerous, disruptive or un-manageable will not be refunded any part of the tuition.

CEU Info


  • 30.5 CEUS expected for Symposium, pending final approval
  • 1.5 CEUs for Chicken Workshop


  • CPDT-KA/KSA - application sent; waiting for approval
  • CBCC-KA/KSA - application sent; waiting for approval


  • KPA grads: the CEUs posted above are accepted by KPA

Featured Speakers

Dr. Susan Friedman, Ph.D.

Dr. Susan Friedman, Ph.D

Dr. Susan Friedman is a psychology professor at Utah State University who has pioneered the application of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to captive and companion animals. ABA, with its roots in human learning, offers a scientifically sound teaching technology and ethical standard that can improve the lives of all learners.

Students from 22 different countries have participated in Susan's online courses, Living and Learning with Animals for Professionals and Living and Learning with Parrots for Caregivers. She has written chapters on learning and behavior for three veterinary texts (Behavior of Exotic Pets, Clinical Avian Medicine, and Manual of Parrot Behavior), and is a frequent contributor to popular magazines. Her articles appear around the world in eleven languages. Susan has presented seminars for a wide variety of professional organizations around the world such as the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, Moorpark College Exotic Animal Training and Management program, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

She has been nominated for the Media Award given by the International Association of Behavior Analysis for her efforts to disseminate to pet owners, veterinarians, animal trainers and zookeepers the essential tools they need to empower and enrich the lives of the animals in their care.


Dr. Lore Haug DVM

Dr. Haug graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993.  She completed a one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2002, she completed a Master’s Degree and residency program in animal behavior at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.  She ran the Animal Behavior Service at Texas A&M from 2002-2007 and then move to Sugar Land, TX to begin a private referral practice.

Dr. Haug speaks frequently across the country at veterinary and animal behavior venues, with an emphasis on canine, feline, and equine behavior. Dr. Haug also has a special interest in neurobiology, behavior modification, and pharmacology. She has published articles in several veterinary journals and is a co-author of a canine behavior book currently in press for the dog owning public.

She is currently the President Elect of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and is a long standing member, and past Chair, of the ACVB Examination Committee.

Theresa McKeon, BA

Theresa McKeon, BA

After more than 30 years as a national level gymnastics coach, Theresa was determined to find a way to speed up skill acquisition for her athletes while simultaneously decreasing frustration all around. The answer was in the science of learning. The problem was most beneficial tools defined in the "science" were clunky and difficult for coaches to procedurally implement.

In response, Theresa along with Joan Orr and Karen Pryor created TAGteach, a vehicle that transported the science of learning from the rigid rules of academia to the riotous world of live teaching and coaching. Today, Theresa designs and presents TAGteach workshops and seminars around the world and
has adapted the technology in multiple fields including: education, exotic and pet animal handling, business management, industrial education and safety, military, medical training, corrections, professional sports and family communication.

Chirag Patel, BSc(Hons), CPDT-KA, DipCABT, PG Cert (CAB)

Chirag Patel

Chirag has a BSc (Hons) in veterinary Sciences from the Royal Veterinary College in London as well as a post graduate certificate at the University of Lincoln in Clinical Animal Behavior under Professor Daniel Mills and Helen Zulch (Veterinary behaviorists). Chirag previously worked at the University as the head trainer clicker training rats and degus (small rodents endemic to central Chile) for odor discrimination and indication. Chirag also managed the Training and Behavior Centre at Dr Roger Mugford’s Company of Animals.

Chirag teaches training and behavior to trainers and behaviorists worldwide and writes for popular dog magazines and blogs. His love for dogs’ health, behavior, welfare and teaching people led him to start Domesticated Manners in 2004. Chirag has worked with and studied training and behavior with some of the leading experts around the world including: Dr Ian Dunbar, Jean Donaldson, Bob Bailey, Ken Ramirez, Professor Daniel Mills, and Nina Bondarenko.

Chirag has trained a variety of animal species including: dogs, cats, Marmoset monkeys, raccoons, ponies, rats, degus, parrots, and fish. His desire to teach people more effectively, led him to become certified in TAGteach under Theresa Mckeon, Founder of TAGteach.

He currently lives with an African Grey Parrot, a Green Wing Macaw Parrot, a Kelpie, a German Shepherd, and his goldfish.

Bob Bailey

Bob Bailey

Bob Bailey is a biologist, chemist, and businessman who was CEO and COO of Animal Behavior Enterprises (ABE), the first commercial enterprise to use operant conditioning to train animals (1943). ABE and its staff of 40-plus full time personnel produced animal shows nationally and internationally. Bob and his wife, Marian Breland Bailey, a former B. F. Skinner student, retired from their business in 1990.

From 1990 until 1998 Marian and Bob conducted a “History of Modern Behavioral Practices” research program, interviewing over 300 behavioral practitioners, teachers and researchers from many fields, who all made use of applied behavioral principles. Over 1,000 hours of video interviews was collected on activities in applied settings. The Bailey’s produced several videos based on these interviews.

In 1995 Marian and Bob initiated a “how to” class on the practical application of operant conditioning using chickens as a behavioral model, a practice they developed and had used for many decades. These classes continued until Marian’s death in 2001. Bob continued the classes in the USA and in Europe, teaching thousands of animal trainers, and business professionals who wanted to learn more about behavior and effective procedures to positively influence animal and human behavior.

Bob continues to teach and consult on animal training and behavior. In his 55+ year career Bob has trained or supervised the training of more than 140 species, totaling over 10,000 individuals. He has worked and consulted for the military, the police and other governmental organizations of several governments, including the US Navy (as the first Director of Training, US Navy Marine Mammal Program), US Army, Air Force, The Netherlands, etc. Bob has experience training animals and personnel to perform tasks in operational environments.

Bob's most recent publication is in the journal The Behavior Analyst in 2005: Operant Psychology Goes to the Fair: Marian and Keller Breland in the Popular Press, 1947–1966, describing some of the early work of Marian and Keller Breland and some early history of operant conditioning.

Parvene Farhoody, MS, CPDT, CABC, CDBC

Parvene Farhoody

Parvene Farhoody has been training animals for over thirty-five years and started her own training and behavior business in 1992. Today, Parvene owns and operates Behavior Matters,® Inc., an Animal Behavior Consulting and Education service in New York City.

Parvene holds a Masters in Psychology with a concentration in Animal Behavior and Wildlife Conservation and is pursuing her PhD in Learning Processes and Behavior Analysis at Queens College in NYC, where she is also an Adjunct Professor. Her present research includes the effects of spaying and neutering dogs and the use of non-aversive interventions to reduce inter-dog aggression.

She’s a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Animal Behavior Society, Animal Behavior Management Alliance, and a Past President of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). She consults with shelters and volunteer groups, writes articles for the public, trainers, and veterinarians and has been featured on local and national television.

Parvene works with many species including cats, birds, horses and chickens; however, the majority of her work remains with dogs. She shares her love for behavioral technology by giving lectures, seminars and workshops around the world teaching animal trainers how to be more effective and efficient through the use of humane, science-based teaching.


Friday, April 19th, 2013

FRIDAY 8:00am - 3:00 pm; Food, Festivities and Music Video 5:30 pm - Late!
Breakfast, lunch, appetizers and dinner (all included in the registration fee)

"Solving Problem Situations Like Sherlock: Details are Elementary!"  Dr. Susan Friedman

At the IAABC conference in 2009, Dr. Friedman first presented the ABC model for assessing behavior-environment relations to more systematically and specifically answer the when, what and why of problem behaviors. Also discussed was an intervention design strategy focused on reducing problems by redesigning the environment to increase alternative, replacement behaviors and to teach new skills. In 2012, she demonstrated how these two tools come together by reviewing three case studies based on functional assessment and intervention design. This year's presentation will start with a brief review of key behavior change strategies, and the functional assessment and intervention design model. Next, Dr. Friedman and her co-instructors will guide breakout groups to apply this model of humane, effective behavior change to participants' personal behavior cases.

Theresa McKeon with TAG teach pointers and applications throughout the day.

Dr. Lore Haug and Chirag Patel interacting and assisting with small break out groups.

Pasta bar and cocktails, attendees training for and shooting a music video of "DROs" using TAG teach, work groups and functional assessment of behaviors and solutions.

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

SATURDAY 8:30 am - 5:00 pm; Chicken Mini-Workshops 6:30 pm & 8:15 pm
Breakfast, lunch, afternoon coffee and cookies (all included in the registration fee)

"Creating Focus from Confusion: The Tag Point Is"  Theresa McKeon

Ever wish you could push a button and have everything fall into place?
Tag points do just that!

Whether you are an instructor or a student, using "The Tag Point Is" can guide you through the information jungle and straight to success.  We'll take a look at the composition of a tag point and then jump right in and give it a try while we work together throughout the weekend on all of the presentations.

"Getting Hands On: Simplifying the Complications of 'Advanced Training'" Chirag Patel

Chirag will use video materials and lead practical training sessions discussing and applying fundamental skills focusing on hands-on training. These fundamentals will enhance our skills as teachers to change behaviour and solve 'behaviour problems using simple yet very effective tools. Chirag's focus will be on teaching with choice and control for husbandry and co-operative behaviours.

Dr. Lore Haug and Susan Friedman's Co-instructors continue to provide support and instruction in breakdown and analysis of individual cases and questions, and class assignments. (Dr. Friedman will not be staying for the weekend due to a previous engagement)

Theresa McKeon with TAG teach pointers and hands-on application and instruction during the day.


Chicken Mini-Workshops (2 sessions, limited participation per session) Bob Bailey and Parvene Farhoody

Bob Bailey believes properly selected and conditioned chickens are the best behavioral models available for teaching trainers the principles of applied behavior analysis. Bob and Parvene Farhoody will work with IAABC attendees to experience the challenge of shaping a simple behavior with some of their “White Ladies.”

Participants will be divided into “Trainers” and “Coaches” and given specific instructions they must carry out quickly and with precision. The trainers will be reminded that “You get what you reinforce, not what you want.” Coaches must observe carefully what is going on and provide needed feedback to the trainer. Soon, trainers and coaches exchange roles, and it is the new trainer who must watch his or her “timing, criteria, and rate of reinforcement,” while the new coach comments on what is good, and maybe, what is not so good.

For 75 minutes, at breakneck speed, trainers and coaches are introduced to the 70 year old Breland/Bailey maxims of “Training is a mechanical skill!” and “Get the behavior!”

This mini workshop is optional and available on a first-come, first-serve basis for those who are attending Saturday's daytime session. The 6:45 pm session will be filled first, the 8:15 pm session will be added as needed. We will assign the times to the participants.

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

SUNDAY 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Coffee, brunch buffet (all included in the registration fee)

Two hands-on presentations with hands-on components - Dr. Lore Haug

  • "Talking Down the Line: Line/lead handling and skills to take communication to a new level"
  • "Negative reinforcement in every day life, and its humane use"

The Behavior in Practice Symposium will close with edited music video (pending completion by the editors!) Otherwise all attendees will be sent the completed video after the event.

Dr. Lore Haug, Chirag Patel, and Dr. Susan Friedman's Co-instructors continue to provide support and instruction in breakdown and analysis of individual cases and questions, and class assignments. (Dr. Friedman will not be staying for the weekend due to a previous engagement)

Theresa McKeon with TAG teach pointers and hands-on application and instruction during the day.

We look forward to seeing you at this very special event!

Dr. Friedman's LLA Professional Course Graduates: If you have taken Dr. Friedman's LLA Professional course and are interested in coming, please contact Marjie Alonso for an additional opportunity for involvement.

Travel Information

Crowne Plaza Warwick Balcony Room

Crowne Plaza Hotel Warwick
801 Greenwich Ave
Warwick, RI 02886

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Crowne Plaza for Symposium attendees.

The Group Room Rate is $115 (plus tax). There is a one-time pet cleaning fee of $25 and a limit of 4 dogs per room.

The block of rooms will be held at this rate until March 19, 2013.


Phone: 1-401-732-6000 or 1-877-834-3613 (use Group Code ANI)
Email:  Reservations@providenceri.crowneplaza.com (use Group Code ANI)
Website: CrowneHotelWarwick.com (use Group Code ANI)

Complimentary Shuttle Available to/from Providence TF Green Airport (PVD)

Crowne Plaza Warwick Banquet Room

Amenities include:

  • High speed internet in guest rooms
  • Indoor heated pool
  • State-of-the-Art Fitness Room
  • Complimentary shuttle service to/from TF Green
  • Coffee maker
  • Hair dryer
  • Irons in every room and available dry cleaning services
  • Business center
  • On site Restaurant, Lounge, 24-hour In-Room Dining


From Providence TF Green Airport( PVD)
Distance: 2.32 Miles SOUTH WEST to Hotel
I-95 South take exit 12A, turn right off ramp, hotel is on right.

From Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
Distance: 62.0 MI SOUTH to Hotel
I-95 South to exit 12A, turn right off ramp, hotel is on right.


  • Providence TF Green - 2 miles Complimentary shuttle to Crowne Plaza
  • Boston Logan - 62 miles

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