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 on 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 and move you out into harder environments, so you can be well on your way to successfully truffle hunting! 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, nosework experience or instructor input is strongly recommended prior to enrolling in this class.
Truffle Dog Training Series (DIY):
Level 1: Introduction to Truffle Hunting
Level 2: Developing A Reliable Truffle Dog Team (Intermediate Level)
Level 3: Let’s Go Truffle Hunting: Practical Application and Sustainability (Advanced Level)
When you register for a class, you will receive an 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 lessonchosen course level. Course content is available by clicking on Developing a Reliable Truffle Dog Team under the My Classes menu.
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.
You are always welcome to join us in our Facebook Forum Online.
It includes other students, clients, truffle growers from around the world, and our instructors & hunters at Truffle Dog Co, and it’s a great place to learn and ask for information.