Exciting News!! The NW Truffle Dogs training course is complete and mobile friendly. After more than five years of testing and development we are proud to present on-line Mycopilot Ground School – Truffle Dog Basic. It includes a multimedia rich experience as well as one-on-one instructor guidance along the way.
Visit our Truffle Dog Course page to learn more and enroll today.
Welcome to NW Truffle Dogs where you can find everything you need to train your own truffle dogs from start to finish.
We have been in business longer than any other truffle dog training company in the Northwest.
We developed curriculum used in the Oregon Truffle Festival and we have provided demonstrations for the Napa Truffle Festival, Portland Pet and Companion Fair, the Pet Expo, NY Times and a number of television and print media outlets. Our certified dogs have surveyed and foraged forests and plantations from coast-to-coast.
We currently do not offer paid training programs, but every Sunday from 4 to 5PM we offer a free truffle dog training as space allows. From time-to-time we will offer the opportunity to purchase samples of fresh truffles or prepared training aids to students.
The Truffle Blog
Please visit our Blog for weekly articles to help you train your own truffle dog, or learn more about the buzz. What are truffles? Why do I want to find them? What kind of dog do I need? Come to our free training to get the answers to these questions and more. We will walk you through the entire process step-by-step. We will show you where we have found truffles in the past, how to build relationships with property owners, and what you need to do to protect yourself from running afoul of the law.
What you won’t find here are high priced training packages, get rich quick promises, or unrealistic claims of “gold in them thar hills”.
The Road to the Truffle
Truffles are not a “new thing” and the concept of hunting them in the Northwest has been around….probably longer than documentation reveals. We do know that the Council Of Jewish Women published a cookbook in 1912 title “The Neighborhood Cookbook” featuring recipes including native culinary truffles. We also know that they grow in a symbiotic relationship with Douglas fir and that they are simultaneously prolific and elusive.