Level 2: Developing a Reliable Truffle Dog Team
Welcome back to the fun and exciting sport of Truffle Hunting!
Do you like truffles? These edible fungi are considered a delicacy in the culinary world. They can be found all over the world… maybe even near you! Take advantage of your dog’s amazing scent abilities and learn about truffle hunting! This is a fun way to boost confidence, develop problem solving skills, and provide controlled exercise and mental stimulation for your canine. Whether you are just looking for a new game to play with your dog or your goal is to locate native truffles in the wild or on your orchard, this class will guide you in a fun adventure with your dog.
This class will focus on taking the knowledge and skills learned in Introduction to Truffle Hunting and turn that information into practical application in the field! You will introduce your dog to new elements and environments and learn skills that will aid in finding real truffles in the wild or on an orchard. This course is designed to move beyond foundation work and present real challenges that you will encounter when truffle hunting. Please note that depending on your location, when and where truffles may be found will differ. Introduction to Truffle Hunting, or instructor approval is strongly recommended prior to enrolling in this class.
Full Students as well as Working Students in Hybrid classes who successfully complete the Truffle Dog Training series of classes may be offered the opportunity to work with Truffle Dog Company.
Truffle Dog Training Series:
Level 1: Introduction to Truffle Hunting
Level 2: Developing A Reliable Truffle Dog Team
When you register for a class, you will receive email confirmation of your account with Truffle Dog Company. If you do not receive an email, please check your spam folder and add our email: firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe sender list to ensure you receive important electronic communications regarding this course.
Following registration you will immediately have access to your first lesson as well as the forums specific to your chosen course level. Course content is available by clicking on Developing a Reliable Truffle Dog Team under the My Classes menu. For Full Students and Auditors, the forum(s) will appear in the lesson sidebar as well as at the end of each lesson.
Full Students will post questions and homework assignments for feedback in their individual forum topic. This allows each team’s progress to remain organized and easily accessible. Please allow 48 hours from time of purchase for your topic to appear in the forum. We create forum topics manually. If you signed up as a Full Student and a topic titled with your name does not appear within 48 hours of purchase, please contact us.
The program continues where Introduction to Truffle Hunting left off. It begins with an introduction to training in the outdoors while working with your environment and continues with buried hides, proofing for distraction, refining alerts and transferring behaviors to wild environments.
Objective: By the end of this course most student’s dogs will be able to:
- Locate truffles in a scent container in the field with limited distractions.
- Locate the scent source of a truffle buried in a large open area.
Week 1: Review, Basic Outdoor Box
Week 2: Advanced Outdoor Hides, Multiple Targets/ Unknown Hides
Week 3: Buried Hides
Week 4: Basic box/ target in new locations
Week 5: Buried hides in new locations, Buried hides at forest edge, Proofing
Week 6: Refined Alerts, Precise Alerts, Large area hides adverse conditions terrain
Each lesson will include written instructions and video demonstrations for exercises.
Homework assignments for Full Students will include weekly video submissions for feedback as well as to demonstrate proficiency of the skills presented in each lesson.