Truffles. If you've ever experienced the rich, unique flavor of these expensive mushrooms, then you understand why some sell for thousands of dollars. Their high price is partially due to the hunting process they call for.
Pigs are naturally inclined to the scent of truffles and were originally used to find these coveted culinary-jewels, hidden underground. While many truffles could be found by a farmer leading an eager pig, the risk of the pig eating the truffles before they made it into a basket or bag was always high. This is where man's best friend stepped in. Their keen nose, embedded desire to dig, and ability to be trained all made them the perfect truffle hunter.
Here's a general list of what you may need for truffle training, depending on the method or methods you choose to try. All items can be found online or in pet supply stores.
These are basic training necessities for beginners, additional items may be purchased.
Beagles are typically described as easy-to-train. This is due to their general personality: sociable, curious, and intelligent. With this in mind, before beginning your training journey together, remember that all dogs are different, no matter the breed. Patience is important for the trainer because it keeps the training sessions light and fun, keeping the interest and excitement of the dog.
Because this guide is a sub-topic of scent training, there are a few key tips to learn:
The ultimate goal of this training guide is to help your dog develop his or her own understanding of the truffle scent and how you wish them to respond to it. The three methods we'll discuss keep all these suggestions in mind, with each giving a different approach, and each increasing slightly in difficulty as you and your pup improve together.