The best method for locating ripe truffles is by using of a dog that has been trained to locate their unusual smell. They leave a very small paw print in your truffiere as they search throughout your trees, and if trained a passive response (nose hold, sit or down) will not damage any truffles that are near the surface, and will prevent them digging for any truffles that are deeper in the ground. Once truffle locations are identified, it is the responsibility of the truffle grower to decide whether to retrieve the truffle or leave it in the ground longer.
So how do you train your dog?
There are several services that Truffle Dog Services can assist you with:
- Pre-season Evaluations
- Private Training Lessons
- On-going training
- Purchase a pre-trained Truffle Dog
If you have your own dog, a valuable service for any truffle dog owner is evaluating the dog prior to the seasons starting. By evaluating the dog prior to the season any issues after their resting over the summer can be ironed out and/or trained so you have the confidence your dog is on task in the truffiere.
Truffle Dog Services offers this service by way of a visit to you at your truffiere and setting samples for your dog to locate as a double blind. These sessions will be video’d and reviewed with suggested training the outcome of this session. A session can be scheduled at any time of the year. Contact us for more information and pricing.
Private Training Lesson
If you, or a group of people in one location, wish to learn about training your own truffle dog, training can be undertaken through a hybrid Truffle Dog Company course utilising the on-line course and meeting once a week for a group training session. Contact us for more information.
If you would like your own trained truffle dog, we can provide this service for you. We will work with you to find the right dog, and either help you train the dog to locate truffles or train the dog on your behalf. As part of this service, the dog will be placed with you for 6 weeks prior to any truffle training occurring. This will allow the dog to settle into the family and learn your routine prior to working for the family. Once the dog has settled, then truffle training will commence, as well as a number of follow ups with the new owners prior to start of the season to check the relationship continues to build, remains the right dog for the household, and the working relationship is working well.
Contact us for more information.