Welcome to class James! This is the forum topic where you will post your questions and homework videos for feedback from the instructors. Please take a moment to tell us about yourself, your dog and your interest in truffle hunting.
Class begins August 9th but you already have access to the first lesson so go ahead and check that out! You can begin posting video homework and questions August 9th.
We’ve had plenty of mails and a phone call so you know a bit about me, but largely for the others. I am in the south of the UK in a county called Dorset. I got into truffle hunting back in 2008. Having been collecting fungi for a good few years, I was between jobs and had a dog and some time and wanted something to do. I got in touch with a lady that did truffle dog training and had a few hours with her and my Black Labrador. At the end of the training session we were invited to participate in the first UK truffle hunting championships. With a lot of practice we won! and went on to find “real”, wild truffles. Eventually I set up the English Truffle Company (www.englishtruffles.co.uk) and it’s part of my living now.
I’ve trained three of my own dogs to find truffles and a few for clients. This activity is going to become more important to my business so I’ve signed up to learn more about training and am really happy to be co-operating with Alana and Kristin for mutual benefit.
For this training, I am working with Lithia, a 4 year old Springer Spaniel. We’ve had her about a year and a half after she was rejected by her previous owner. She hadn’t really had any training before us so was a bit “feral”. We’ve been working on her general behaviour as well as truffle hunting. She found her first truffles last season but needs to be more focused and less distracted.