Having spent the last year -- yesterday was his one year birthday -- teaching our puppy Beau what not to do, here's some dog training I can really get behind! In late January, 28-30, the Oregon Truffle Festival will present a Truffle Dog Training Seminar, teaching dogs and their owners how to find truffles in woodlands and truffle orchards across the continent. I don't know if there are truffles to be found in Utah, but I'd sure like to find out.
At the two-day seminar, attendees bring their dogs, introduce them to the aroma of French and Oregon truffles and the dogs and their owners then embark on an authentic woodland foray, hunting wild truffles untouched by human hands. At the first Oregon Truffle Festival dog training event in January of 2010, one dog found 70 white truffles, which were served at the Grand Truffle Dinner that evening. Renowned animal trainer and truffle dog handler Jim Sanford of Blackberry Farm Resort in Walland, Tenn., instructs the class, along with a cast of professional scent dog trainers with backgrounds ranging from bomb detection to search and rescue.
Registration is now open for Oregon Truffle Festival weekend experiences and the Grand Truffle Dinner. Six weekend and several stand-alone options are available, including cooking classes, winery luncheons, truffle forays, truffle farm tours and multi-course truffle dinners, in addition to the Truffle Dog Training Seminar. For more information and to register, click here.