ZOOM WEDNESDAY Truffle Hunting Foundations 2

$249.00

Foundations 2, Introduction to Truffle Hunting ZOOM CLASS

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

Pre Requisite for enrollment: Truffle Foundations 1 OR approval of Instructor.

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

 

Get ready for the 2021 Truffle Season right in your own home! This class is a great alternative if your dog is reactive/shy or you can not make it to one of our in-person classes- It continues on with your training to take it to the next level and progress in more complicated hides.

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 in the 2021 season, or ready for our intermediate and advanced classes in person.

You will be joining us in three group classes on Zoom on Wednesday morning session or an evening session.

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 (Mondays 6:45pm to 7:15 pm Pacific) between your classes so if you get stuck, we are here to help!

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 began by covering the theory, seasons, gear, and how to set you and your dog up for success.  Now we move on to increasing duration, more complicated hides and staying at the source. This class continues from where you left off in foundations 1.

*** IF THIS CLASS SAYS SOLD OUT PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITLIST OR FOR OTHER OPPORTUNITIES UPCOMING. PEOPLE WILL BE MOVED OFF THE WAITLIST AND INTO CLASS IN THE ORDER THEY CONTACTED US.***

DATES LISTED ARE FOR Fall & and early Winter 2020/2021

 

Class Location for Foundations II

Location: Your Own Home! Anywhere in the world!

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

 

Dates & Times

We will have a Morning (10am Pacific) and Evening (7pm Pacific) option- just as before. Although the class is online, we still have limited spots in each section, so please let us know at the time of Sign up which one you would like.

If a section becomes *SOLD OUT* we will note it here.

Online class sessions:

Wednesday, Dec  9th

Monday Dec 14 (Optional 6:45-7:15pm)

Wednesday, Dec 16th

Monday Dec  21 (Optional 6:45-7:15pm)

Wednesday, Jan 6th

*Instructors will also be available for questions via a Class ZOOM Call on Mondays during class weeks from 6:45 pm to 7:15 pm or by appointment for those of you in other time-zones.

Please allow 60-75 min for each class. 

 

Equipment

No Prong, slip, choke chains or E-collars allowed during classes.

 

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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Description

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

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

Get ready for a real truffle hunt! It’s no coincidence that we scheduled this course for fall because fall 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. 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 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