Because of a busy schedule, Ann Christensen teaches a very limited number of seminars each year.  These SAR courses are designed to teach K-9 teams the skills necessary to search for and recover deceased individuals.  Some classroom instruction and lots of field work.

Cadaver Recovery: 2 1/2 days - 20 hrs
Water Recovery: 2 1/2 days - 20 hr

Contact High Country Shepherds if your organization wishes to schedule a class and we will see if we can schedule one for your team.

Human Remains Detection Workshop 

 When:      Call for dates          Class instruction and field exercises.

Where:  High Country Shepherds K-9 Training Facility, Shelley Idaho

 Instructor:  Ann Christensen  (resume at the end of this document)

Curriculum: This workshop is designed to teach K-9 teams the skills necessary to search for and detect deceased individuals. Attendees will also have the opportunity to expose their canines to large sources more realistic of those encountered during a real search. There will be some classroom instruction and lots of field work.  Workshop is not intended for canines that have no previous cadaver training.

 Class size: 10 handler/canine teams.

Costs:   Handler/canine team-$200.00      Additional Canines-$150         Observers-$100

Slots will be filled in the order registrations are received.

No refunds after deadline unless the slot is filled by another attendee.

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The following motels in Blackfoot, Idaho accept dogs, although some charge a fee:  There are only a couple in town so call soon while rooms are available.

Workshop Motel:   Best Western  208-785-4144         . 

There is a city park across the street with lots of places you can walk a dog on leash.

 Other Motels:  Super 8   208-785-9333


North Bingham County Park

$18 per night includes power and water. A dump site is available on scene. Restrooms have shower facilities. There is lots of open space for breaking dogs at this park. Tenting is allowed.

Phone 208-357-1895  

For further information:

Ann Christensen

208-357-7973 (H)  208-680-7973 (C)   


Ann Christensen, NREMT-I (85)  AEMT-A

K-9 Handler/Trainer/Evaluator/Instructor

Instructor: EMT-B, EMT-A, ISU-IEM, AHA


Ann Christensen is President and Founder of Idaho Search & Rescue Dogs, Inc.  and has been active training and handling search dogs since 1994.  She is a member of the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) and was appointed as the Canine Committee Chair for that organization in 2009. 

Ann has also been a member of the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) since 1998 serves as a SAR Liaison for the organization.

Ann and her dogs have responded on numerous incidents and are credited with both live finds and body recoveries. She and her K-9s have worked with numerous local and federal law enforcement agencies including the National Park Service and the FBI. They have received recognition for their work from a number of agencies and organizations including the FBI, Law Enforcement Training Specialists, and the AKC Award for Canine Excellence (ACE) Program..  Ann has appeared on or been interviewed by local, national, and international media outlets including the Outdoor Channel, Dog Fancy, U.S. News and World Report,  and IRIN which is a service of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

In addition to working her own dogs in SAR, Ann has taught land cadaver, water cadaver, tracking, and first responder disaster to hundreds of dog teams and organizations which include NASAR, SARDOC, and Dog Meet.   She is a certification official for both cadaver and live find certifications and is recognized in Idaho courts as an expert witness regarding cadaver dogs. 

Ann has been a canine instructor since 1996 and currently owns and operates High Country Shepherds in Shelley, Idaho where she has taught numerous classes for companion dogs and their owners.

In addition to her work in SAR, Ann was an Emergency Medical Technician for fourteen years with the Shelley-Firth Quick Response Unit (QRU) where she helped provide emergency medical services for approximately 600 square miles of southeastern Idaho.    Ann was the training officer for the QRU from 2002 to 2007.  She is also an instructor for both Basic and Advanced Emergency Medical Technician classes and an instructor for the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support and CPR.  Ann was a part-time instructor for Idaho State University’s Institute of Emergency Management and taught government officials and employees, first responders, fire departments, and law enforcement around the State of Idaho.