Off-Site Events

If you are interested in attending one of our off-site events, we are so excited to have you join us!  Since presenters will be demo-ing and working amongst horses, zoo animals, and shy/fearful shelter animals, please understand that spaces are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis. If spaces are still available at the time of your registration process, you are welcome to join us for one of the following:


All-Day Equine Workshop

May 4th, 2023, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Central)
Simple lunch provided midday
6 CEUs pending (CCPDT, IAABC, KPA)

Wow, we’re in for a ride! Join us for the IAABC Foundation All-Day Equine Workshop, Thursday, May 4th, 2023! The IAABC Foundation is proud to offer our LIMA-based horse training and behavior workshop! With renowned speakers, we are in for a day FULL of fascinating presentations and demonstrations at Independence Stables in Stafford, Texas. Topics will cover many facets of modern horse training. Regardless of your level of expertise, this workshop is for YOU. Make sure to sign up ASAP; limited spots available.

Dr. Lore Haug DACVB, CABC – Working with Intraspecific Aggression

Trudi Dempsey CHBC, ABTC-AAB – The Trouble with Tack

Dr. Robin Foster CAAB, CHBC, FFCP – Techniques for Reducing Fear-Based Problem Behavior in Horses

Dr. Patricia Barlow-IrickLearning Sets in the Taming of Wild Horses: Hoof work

Justine Harrison CHBC, ABTC-AAB – Equine Body Language

Shawna KarraschUpward and Downward Transitions

IAABC Foundation @ The Houston Zoo

May 4th, 2023, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Central)
3 CEUs pending (CCPDT, IAABC, KPA)

Ever wanted to take a peek behind-the-scenes at the zoo, not just in the movies or on TV, but “IRL”? Now’s your chance! Join the IAABC Foundation @ The Houston Zoo experience on Thursday afternoon, May 4th, 2023! We will explore the animal kingdoms together as the animal care and wellness team give us the inside scoop on their everyday lives at the zoo.

Can you imagine providing voluntary hoof trims to a huge herd of goats? How about completing a cooperative care protocol for cheetah or tiger tail blood draws? Learn about the diseases that plague elephants in the wild and zoo environments, and see how these magnificent, majestic creatures receive cooperative care for an amazing variety of things. Some techniques you may even recognize, just on a grander scale!

We will explore all of the above and more, so come join us for this incredible experience at The Houston Zoo! At the end of our adventure, join us for our casual “Monkeys and Margaritas” Social Hour at 4:00pm Central Time, as our IAABC Foundation Animal Behavior Conference weekend comes into full swing!

Choice-Centered Care Shelter Workshop

May 4th, 2023, 1:30 pm – 6:30 pm (Central)
Light dinner and networking opportunity included
5 CEUs pending (CCPDT, IAABC, KPA)

Join the IAABC Foundation @ Friends For Life in Houston, TX for our Choice-Centered Care Workshop on Thursday, May 4th, 2023!

After attending this workshop, participants will have the tools to:

  • Implement novel and accessible ways of adding choice and agency to the lives of shelter animals
  • Identify animals who would benefit from a choice-centered, ritualized introduction to potential adopters
  • Tailor ritualized introductions to meet the need of individual animals
  • Demonstrate mechanical training skills that contribute to the success of ritualized introductions to novel humans

During the workshop, participants will learn about various ways that FFL applies choice to grow a sense of agency in their resident animals. These include some very simple, accessible practices requiring very little training and resources, as well as other, more ambitious processes like the Ritualized Introduction Protocol that helps FFL’s most fearful dogs and cats learn to opt-in to friendly encounters with new humans.

The program will conclude with a light evening meal with FFL Behavior Team members and an open discussion about modern sheltering practices and how participants can advocate for more choice for residents at local shelters.

Read more in the IAABC Foundation Journal:

Unable to participate in one of these events?

Support the Houston Zoo by visiting on your own (purchase your ticket at, and then join us for our casual “Monkeys and Margaritas” social hour at 4:00pm Central Time! 

You’re also always welcome to tour Friends for Life Animal Shelter during their regular hours of operation, and don’t miss out on all our amazing speakers from our equine, zoo, and shelter experiences who will be speaking throughout the main conference all weekend!