Dogs learn by association – connecting one event with another. We use positive association and a clicker and reward-based approach making training fun and helping build reliable truffle hunting teams. We offer two different types of truffle dog training lesson. Both types of lesson are one to one – you, me and your dog. However, if you like you can add a second handler and dog by purchasing two lessons.
These are strongly recommended for dogs who have no experience of scentwork. It is far easier to undertake the training in an environment with fewer distractions (smells of squirrels, deer, game etc.) allowing the dog to concentrate more. We use truffle aroma and fresh or frozen truffle depending upon season. You will have a greater chance of finding truffles longer-term if you build good foundation skills with one or more field-based lessons before progressing to a woodland. Some people opt for just one of these lessons then go and do plenty of practice on their own, others attend several.
These lessons are for more advanced dogs that have undertaken one or more field-based lessons or have scenting experience with truffle aroma. All lessons will include working with truffle aroma. For lessons in the truffle season (c. September – January) you will have the opportunity to search for wild growing truffles. the first two truffles found are yours to take away. Outside of the season we use frozen truffles and / or truffle aroma.
Truffle Education for Humans
Remember for a successful truffle hunting team, both the dog and you need educating. A copy of The Truffle Book or joining us on one of our truffle hunting experience days will help with your truffle education.
Our training locations are in the Dorchester area of West Dorset. We are also taking our lessons on the road and running truffle training workshops at a number of locations around the country. We also offer one to one lessons in your garden or a field / park / wood near you. For these, we additionally charge travel time and expenses. Please contact us with details of your dog, location and availability and we will come back with a price and date for the training.
Lessons are approximately one hour in duration, they are for one handler and one dog. You may be accompanied by other family members who can act as spectators but not participate. For these lessons please purchase them below, you might like to book several at one time. After we receive your order, we will get in touch to arrange a convenient day and time.
You can order just a lesson or a lesson bundle:
- Lesson Bundle 1 – Lesson plus dog training kit and 100ml bottle of truffle oil (to be collected at the lesson).
- Lesson Bundle 2 – Lesson plus dog training kit, 100ml bottle of truffle oil and copy of ‘The Truffle Book‘ (to be collected at the lesson).
If you would like to give lessons as a gift, you can purchase vouchers here.
We ask you to read our truffle dog training lesson and workshop terms and conditions. In booking a place, you are agreeing to these. Your attention is particularly drawn to the below extract:
If the booking is cancelled by the client the following cancellation charge will arise:
- Cancellation more than 2 weeks before event – 50% of event fee payable
- Cancellation less than 2 weeks before the event – 100% of event fee payable