Off-Site Events

IAABC Foundation Equine Workshop

April 30th, 2024, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (EDT)
CEUs pending (CCPDT, IAABC, KPA)
Simple lunch provided midday
Alexander, NC

Registration Fees:

  • $100 (with In-Person Conference Ticket purchase)
  • $275 (without In-Person Conference Ticket purchase)

We are proud to offer this in-person, demonstration and LIMA-based training and behavior workshop! With renowned educators, we are in for a day FULL of fascinating presentations and demonstrations delving into the realms of advanced techniques and innovative methods.

Regardless of your level of expertise, this workshop is for YOU. Make sure to sign up early; limited spots available.

The Conference will include a one-day horse track on Wednesday, May 1st. Main Conference ticket purchase will also provide you with access to the FULL library of conference recordings (offsite event presentations are not recorded).


Errorless Discrimination: Cues, prompts, and generalization Robin Foster PhD, CAAB, CEBC
Build that Behaviour Trudi Dempsey CEBC, AAB
Effortless Collaboration: How to apply cooperative care techniques with fluidity for real-life challenges Gabriel Lencioni DVM, CHBC, Elite FFCP
Safe and Happy: R+ horses and humans in a conventional equestrian world Melissa Deal BS, MS, ARIA Certified Instructor, Connection Training Coach
Thinking outside the Box with Positive Reinforcement: Starting the young/green horse under saddle Shawna Karrasch & Jessie Hillegas


From Fearful to Flourishing: Inside the ASPCA’s Second Chance Shelter

ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center
April 30th, 2024, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (EDT)
CEUs pending (CCPDT, IAABC, KPA)
Light lunch provided
Weaverville, NC
Registration Fee: $115

The ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center (BRC) is a first-of-its-kind facility in Weaverville, North Carolina, dedicated to the study and rehabilitation of homeless dogs suffering from severe fear and under-socialization. Since opening in 2018, the BRC has been treating rescued dogs including many from large-scale animal cruelty and neglect situations such as hoarding and puppy mills.

At the 25,000-square-foot facility, behavior, medical and shelter experts implement specialized behavior modification protocols and care to improve the dogs’ quality of life and help them find loving homes. Treatment plans focus on helping dogs become comfortable with unfamiliar people, household objects and sounds, handling, walking on-leash and other real-life situations they are likely to experience in a home environment. Graduating dogs are transferred to shelters and rescue groups across the country for adoption or placed directly into new loving homes from the BRC.

Take a deeper look into the world of shelter behavior rehabilitation with this unique offsite experience that will allow you to go beyond the conference room and:

Tour the state-of-the-art BRC: Gain exclusive access to the specially designed campus, designed to provide a safe and enriching environment for dogs overcoming fear and under-socialization.

Delve into expert presentations: Learn from the ASPCA’s renowned team of shelter professionals about their innovative, science-based rehabilitation techniques, research findings, and practical strategies for managing fearfulness in shelter animals.

Get hands-on: Join interactive activities and witness first-hand how the BRC team works directly with the dogs in their care, gaining valuable insights into building trust, addressing fear, and enriching the lives of vulnerable dogs.

Engage in Q&A and networking: Connect with fellow animal behavior professionals, ask questions, and spark meaningful conversations about the rehabilitation of fearful dogs.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to step into the heart of shelter behavior rehabilitation!


A Cross-Species Experience: Parrot Behavior & Training

Phoenix Landing
April 30th, 2024, 1:00 – 4:00 pm (EDT)
CEUs pending (CCPDT, IAABC, KPA)
Alexander, NC
Registration Fee: $40

Are you ready to spread your wings and explore a new species? Enter the fascinating world of parrot behavior and training by joining us for a unique opportunity that delves into the intricacies of understanding and working with these intelligent feathered friends. This event is designed especially for animal trainers and behavior consultants eager to expand their knowledge beyond their usual focus or simply for those with a curiosity about our feathered friends.

Join us for a behavior consultant’s view into parrot behavior, where you will explore common misconceptions and lay the groundwork for better welfare practices. Through practical demonstrations and discussions, you’ll see how to implement effective strategies for behavioral change using the ABC’s of parrot training. Additionally, this workshop will highlight the importance of enrichment in keeping parrots mentally stimulated and reducing unwanted behaviors.

Don’t miss out on this educational and engaging crash course in parrot behavior and training!