Dog Training Truffles

£17.50

Total weight – a minimum of 20 grams.

Description

Dog training truffles (English Black Autumn truffles* / truffle pieces) – NOT for human consumption. They may be small, holey, not fully ripe, slug-eaten parts or offcuts with a total minimum weight of 20 grams. In the season, c. September – c. January, they will generally be supplied as fresh truffles. Typically, we do not hold any stock but will supply them when we next gather any – usually every week. This means in general; we do not send out truffles on the day that they are ordered.

Dog training truffles
“My first wild truffle!!” – this spaniel’s training programme culminated in looking for our dog training truffles. After some leg work with the owner, it found it’s first, real wild one. Photo courtesy of R. Verney.

On occasions in the season, and out of season, they will be supplied from frozen stock and will be defrosted when they reach you. If supplied fresh they should be refrigerated when not being used, if sent frozen, store them in your freezer. Please also see the “Caring for your dog training truffles” tab.

* Very occasionally we may supply dog training truffles of a very closely related species – Bagnoli truffles (Tuber mesentericum / Tuber bituminatum). Their aroma is very intense, reminiscent of phenol or iodine and weakens when exposed to air. Although slightly different to English truffles (Tuber uncinatum) they are still highly suitable for training dogs to find British truffles.

We recommend that, at least initially, you put the truffle in a small container so the dog does not eat it! The container should not have any scent of its own and not be too small to avoid any risk it being swallowed by the dog. It will also want some holes making in it let the smell out. We recommend scenting probes made from sections of plastic pipe with holes drilled in them and end caps adding. Such pipe and caps can be obtained from a plumbing supplies retailer.

Scent probe for truffle dog training

Packaging reuse / recycling

Delivery

Due to the perishable nature of dog training truffles, we do not offer a standard delivery option.

Express Delivery

Cost: £5.50
We use Royal Mail Signed For® 1st Class service.  This aims to deliver on the next working day, including Saturdays. This delivery requires a signature and will not be left without it or taken to a neighbour etc. You can choose a different shipping address at the checkout and have your truffles delivered to another address such as your work.

No shipping charge

This option applies when you would like to collect your dog training truffles at one of our events which you are booked on. If you chose this but your order needs to be sent to you, we will require the delivery fee before dispatching them to you.

Caring for your dog training truffles

Fresh Truffles
Fresh truffles have a fairly short shelf life. They will keep for 1 – 2 weeks if looked after carefully, however the aroma and flavour will reduce over time.

  1. Remove your truffles from all of the packaging.
  2. When not being used for training, place them in an airtight container (Tupperware box, glass jar, zip-loc bag) wrapped in kitchen towel. Close the lid tightly and put it in the warmest part of the fridge (generally the top-shelf).
  3. Check them daily, wipe away any condensation that collects inside the container and change the kitchen towel.

Frozen Truffles
Frozen truffles will be defrosted by the time they arrive with you. They soften as they defrost and will not keep as long as fresh truffles. To get the maximum use from them, you can refreeze them, use them frozen for training and then put them back in the freezer when the training session is over.

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