Fall Enrollment is Open!! Click Here to enroll in an instructor led introductory truffle dog training course with NW Truffle Dogs. The course which begins August 23rd, will run for eight consecutive weeks and utilize a combination of demonstration, practical and multimedia teaching. Scent detection supplies and sample scent material will be provided. You will only need to provide treats. There are four slots available. Prerequisits: There are no required prerequisites for enrollment in this course, however, it is recommended that your dog be able to focus on simple commands in a small group. If you feel your dog is unable to function in a small group or has issues with reactivity to other dogs, please call 503-516-4236 to schedule a private class.
Visit our Truffle Dog Course page to learn more and enroll today in our self paced independent learning course.
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.