SOLD OUT NOVEMBER Truffle Hunting Foundations I Thurs. 6:45 PM PST


Foundations 1, Introduction to Truffle Hunting ZOOM Class Thursday 6:45 PM PST

Instructor: Victoria Gideon, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA, TAGteach

No travel, No Covid, No weather issues, No hotels or gas, No Borders, No Problem! 

This course will start you on the way in the sport of truffle hunting! We will be following the format of our in-person class and with practice and online guidance, you will be well on your way to harvesting truffles or ready for our intermediate and advanced classes in person.

What you Get:

You will receive our starter training kit.  This contains a bottle of Truffle Dog Company Truffle Oil, based on the truffles IN YOUR AREA you wish to hunt! That’s right, there are truffles in other parts of the world, and this class is for you too!

While you are in the comfort of your home, we will help you work with your dog, help you set up practice sessions, watch you, and give you feedback. You will also get access to your instructors Victoria Gideon, KPA-CPT and Alana McGee, CPDT-KA, to help with any questions you have during your weeks of class.

We will hold a once-a-week Zoom questions call- our Fireside Chats between your classes so if you get stuck, we are here to help! *if you’re in a different time zone- we are also available by appointment

You will also get access to our Online Classroom complete with Step-by-step written instructions and Videos as we work with you.

What you will learn:

In Foundations 1 we will begin by covering the theory, seasons, gear, and how to set you and your dog up for success.  By the end of the first class, you will be well on your way to helping your dog learn how to find the truffle scent as something wonderful! We will begin working on detection, distraction and dog gone fun! You will be working your dog in class in the comfort and convenience of your own home!

Sign up soon to get your training kit and pre-class instruction before your first class!


Class Location for Foundations I 

Location: Your Own Home! Anywhere in the world!

We will provide a ZOOM link for your class after sign up!


Dates & Times

THIS CLASS MEETS at 5 pm Pacific Time. Although the class is online, we still have limited spots in each section. This section will be known as the “LAB” Section. This is not specific to a Breed, but to organizationally help you follow along on which class group you belong in when signing up for subsequent classes as well.

We will hold once-a-week Zoom questions call between your classes so if you get stuck, we are here to help!

Online class sessions:

Orientation Q & A: Tuesday OCT 24th 5:00 pm pst/ 8 pm est

*this is a 1+ hr long session prior to the start of your class. It is recorded– but it is expected you will watch PRIOR to class- as well as the Orientation Video and material which will be sent to you about 2 weeks prior to the start of your class.

First class will be on Thursday November 2, 6:45 pm

Fireside chats Monday, Nov. 6th 6 PM PST /9 PM EST

Thursday, Nov 9th, 6:45 pm

Fireside chats Monday, Nov. 13th 6 PM PST /9 PM EST

Thursday, Nov 16 6:45 pm

Fireside chats Monday, Nov. 20th 6 PM PST /9 PM EST


Please allow 60- 75 min for each class. Fireside chats can sometimes run long, as we are happy to stay on the line and answer questions- so please let us know before the session if you have a conflict.



We will cover gear and materials, such as the training kits you’ll receive during class.

No Prong, slip, choke chains or E-collars are allowed during classes. There will be a list of other basic supplies you’ll want to get for use in class. They are simple and easy to source, we will send out a list prior to class so you’ll have time to prepare along with your orientation materials.


Additional Items

Online course materials and forums will reinforce the skills you learn in face-to-face classes in addition to teaching you about the science of truffles and scent detection, truffle habitat, truffle care and more.

We are excited for you to join us!

Fine Print:

* If you have any questions on if this class is right for you, please contact us directly, we are happy to chat.

**If you have two working dogs in your household you’d like to work, please purchase two spots.

**** Please review our COVID & Weather Policy and Cancelation Policy prior to enrolling. By enrolling, you agree to these terms.

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Level 1: Introduction to Truffle Hunting (Foundations I & II)

Nosework is one of the hottest sports around and truffle hunting is a fun way to go a step further by applying those skills in the real world. This course is open to students and dogs of all levels (no previous dog training expertise is needed) and can provide a new challenge for nose work and tracking students – with edible dividends! Culinary varieties of truffles can be found all over the world, and it is possible they exist near you. Learn more about truffles by visiting our About Truffles page.

This class will introduce you and your dog to the exciting activity of truffle hunting. Truffle hunting can boost confidence, develop problem-solving skills, and provide controlled exercise and mental stimulation for your canine. Truffle dog training is also a great way to build focus and to improve your human-canine relationship. It is especially fun and rewarding for dogs and handlers recovering from injury or with limited mobility as well as shy and sensitive dogs to build confidence. 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 orchards, this class will show you how to get started.

Level 2: Developing a Reliable Truffle Dog Team (Intermediate)

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 recreational 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 orchards, 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. This course is designed to move beyond foundation work and present real challenges that you will encounter when truffle hunting in the wild.

Level 3: Let’s Go Truffle Hunting: Practical Application and Sustainability (Pre- Advanced & Advanced Classes)

Get ready for a real truffle hunt! It’s no coincidence that we scheduled this course for winter which is the beginning of truffle season here in the Pacific Northwest and also in Europe. It’s time to get out there in the field!

This class will transition your truffle hunting skills into the forest to reliably scout out these culinary delights! You will learn to work in tandem with your dog to negotiate a variety of environmental factors when locating these underground treasures. We will guide you step-by-step to successfully transition you and your dog, as a team, to finding real truffles in the wild or on orchards. We will do this by introducing you and your dog to large and complex open-area searches in forested settings. We will then progress to buried hides in a forest or orchard, proofing for distraction, searching negative space, and solidifying alerts for precision in the field. The class also includes games and exercises to strengthen your bond with your canine and boost your confidence.

Equipment needed:

Listed below are the tools and suggested equipment you will need (eventually!) to acquire to be able to take full advantage of the lessons taught during our courses. Some of these materials may be purchased directly from us. To view a full list of Training Aids currently available through Truffle Dog Company, visit our STORE.

  • Truffle scent solution
  • Real truffles (frozen or fresh)
  • Scent containers (scent buttons or scent tubes)
  • Scent boxes or hides
  • Cotton q-tips or cotton balls
  • High-value treats
  • Your dog’s favorite toy
  • Non-retractable leash
  • A Harness
  • Digging implements such as a garden trowel, spoon, or vanghetto