A Weekend with Christina Bunn, CNWI

Dates:Saturday and Sunday, September 8-9, 2018
Times: 9am to 5pm, both days
Location: Zinn Dog Training K9 Nose Work® Center
12200 West 52nd Avenue, Unit 6
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

The one and only Christina Bunn is coming to Colorado! Christina is the owner and master trainer of Puget Sound Detection Dogs. She has been training detection dogs for over 18 years and has owned and operated her own facility for over 12 of those years. She has evaluated hundreds of canines for work in detection and has trained over 150 for the detection of controlled substances. Christina began her relationship with NACSW as a judge and has since become a Certified Nose Work Instructor and is training to be a Certifying Official as well. She is the complete package!

This weekend will focus on two topics:

Both Saturday and Sunday workshops will consist of lecture, video review, discussion and live demonstrations. Working teams will be used to demonstrate the concepts covered during the lectures and video. Teams of all skill levels are welcome, provided the dog is working on odor. Searches and strategies will be tailored to the level of the working teams.

10 working spots will be offered on Saturday and 12 on Sunday. All spots will be chosen by lottery. You may only register to work one day or the other. If working spots do not fill, or space becomes available, that may change. Feel free to let me know when you register if you would like to work both days if possible.

Auditing spots will be limited to 30. For those that audit both Saturday and Sunday, I will be raffling off several prizes including private sessions with some of our top local instructors, and a guaranteed working spot for a future seminar. Never underestimate the benefit of auditing, and don't miss this opportunity to learn from this amazing instructor!

Saturday, September 8th
How to work with the dog you asked to do nose work

No matter what sport you play with your dogs, it is not the dog that chose to do so, is it? We pick the sport and hope the dog does it for us. I believe even in detection sports there are dogs that are not loving the game. Gandhi said, "Be the change you want to see in the world." We are going explore being the change we want to see in our dogs. Through a series of practical exercises we are going to ask the dogs whether or not that technique is for them. Gandhi also said, "A man is but a product of his thoughts, what he thinks he becomes." We will be exploring how changing our thoughts and attitudes towards our dogs can change us as handlers. The goal for this workshop is to become a better student of our dogs.

Sunday, September 9th
Containers from the ground up

Reaching success with containers requires the dog to realize it is odor emanating from within the container that is important not odor drifting onto, or lingering around, the container that pays. Through a systematic method, in this workshop we will break it down for the dog and make it clear what our expectations actually are. Discussion will include why container searches are a challenge for the human part of the team, how the dog perceives the container search, and troubleshooting. Whether you are new to the world of containers, have been plagued by a lack of success, or just want to learn some new techniques, this workshop is for you!

Workshop Fees:

Refund/Cancellation Policy

A full refund minus a $50 processing fee will be given if cancellation is received at least 30 days prior to the date of the workshop. Half of payment minus $50 processing fee will be refunded if cancelled between 29 and 7 days prior to event. No refund will be given less than 7 days before the event. Please note that all cancellations must be received in writing. If the minimum attendance is not reached and the workshop must be cancelled, all registered participants will receive a full refund.

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About Christina Bunn

Christina Bunn is the owner and master trainer of Puget Sound Detection Dogs. Christina has been training detection dogs for over 18 years and has owned and operated her own facility for over 12 of those years. She has evaluated hundreds of canines for work in detection and has trained over 150 for the detection of controlled substances. At one point, Christina had over 50 dogs working throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and the country of Brazil. Among the dogs that worked in Oregon, 11 of those dogs had been with Oregon State Police.

Christina has been an instructor at the Pacific Northwest Police Detection Dog Association's conference for the last 10 years. Christina is a volunteer for Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue and has served in many capacities for 18 years.

During her time with SCVSAR Christina has handled two canines. K9 Matty was an area search dog and was also crossed trained to locate human remains. K9 Matty's daughter K9 Springfield was a trailing K9 and was also crossed trained for human remains. Christina and her K9 partners were utilized on hundreds of missions and had multiple successes in live find as well as human remains. She is the trainer for the county's HRD Team and conducts weekly trainings. She trained "Terra" the Eco Dog that currently works for EcoTech LLC in Portland, Oregon. Terra's duties include locating buried, leaking, heating oil tanks, and detecting soil contamination, including aviation crash sites. Christina has registered two canines with Pet Partners and HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response. During Christina and K9 Springfield's career together they deployed to the Marysville Pilchuck Highschool murder suicide, the SPU shooting and the HWY 530 Mudslide providing comfort to those involved in these crises.

With over 45 collective years in the working and companion dog realm, Christina has worked with humane societies, boarding kennels, and veterinarian hospitals. She is a Canine Good Citizen/STAR Puppy/AKC Tricks Evaluator, Certified Nose Work Instructor and Trial Judge. She teaches 7 sport detection classes a week for all levels from intro to Elite.

Having the great honor of judging at the first National NACSW trial in 2013, Christina is known for saying, "Don't ask your dog to lower herself to your level, you, as a handler, must rise up to your dog's level. You must become a student of your dog."

Christina competes at the Utility level in Competitive Obedience with her Dutch Shepherd, "Dori". Christina and "Dori" also compete in Tracking, Agility, Lure Coursing, FAST, and Dock Diving. They are also training for Herding competition. They have several competitive titles under their belts. Christina is married, the mother of 5 adult children, 2 stepsons, and 11 grandchildren to boot.

Workshop Location

Zinn Dog Training K9 Nose Work Center
12200 W. 52nd Avenue, Unit 6,
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033



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