Hunting for Mushrooms: Truffles?
Planning to truffle hunt with your dogs this season?
Truffle hunting: Could become a great sport for the pack and you don’t need a Lagotto Romagnolo
The breed known for truffle hunting is the: Lagotto Romagnolo – a breed from Italy, known to hunt for truffles. This breed looks nothing like my doxies!
When I was at Pet Expo about a week ago I spoke with a woman from the “Canine Scent Institute” organization and she’s on point for Northwest Truffle hunting. We do so much Nosework so it seems a perfect fit for my pack of hounds. I asked her if she’d come out for a seminar with our Doxie club since all my doxie friends would certainly benefit from knowing about this sport right in our backyards.
There is a history behind truffle hunting – many local foodies cook with truffles – and I’ve had some delicious pasta prepared with truffle oil. CNN did a story and apparently black truffles are the most sought after and can go for as much as “$1,000 a pound or cost a diner upward of $75 extra for a simple shaving on a dish”. The writer also mentioned they grow underground near oak and hazelnut trees. Soil conditions required for this fungus to flourish is basically a lot of rain – so that’s why chefs look to the Pacific Northwest for their precious truffles. The season runs for three months: December to February.
While I probably won’t become a Truffle Dog trainer – I’m certainly interested in checking it out. It looks like there is fall enrollment open on their site. The workshop looks fairly straight forward and your dog doesn’t need any previous truffle training.
The benefits I see immediately are:
- Truffles can be sold for money – they’re pricey so why shouldn’t my dogs work for their meals J
- Enhance their hunting ability – why not – they love to hunt so this can only help them when they’re in the field.
- Find a foodie friend and share Truffles with her – I have a friend with a new restaurant so perhaps her chef would want truffles? It’s worth a try.
- It’s a perfect outdoor, Northwest activity for the fall and winter season
- My dogs search for odor, bunnies and currently rats under our deck so I worry hunting for a truffle won’t be their priority when out in the forest….
- Shermie is reactive on leash – how will this impact his ability to search on leash?
- Another sport… we are sticking to Field Trials, Nosework (we’re wait listed for the upcoming Elements trial) and possibly Earth Dog. Do I want to add another sport to the list?
So it appears the benefits far outweigh the cons. Happy truffle hunting – if this is something you’re planning to do, post a comment and give me some feedback on your experience!