As dogs get older, they lose their ability to smell. We always have dogs at the peak of their scenting ability and physical agility. Truffle Dog Services New Zealand is constantly training new dogs to ensure we look after your truffières while the dogs are in their prime.
A Cocker Spaniel, Indigo is a fast and focused hunter. She checks each tree thoroughly and quickly and thrives on her work. Indi can locate truffles of a variety of weights up to 15 cm underground.
Indi locates T. melanosporum (Périgord), T. uncinatum (Burgundy), T. borchii (Bianchetto), and T. Brumale.
Zorro continues to learn the art of truffle hunting in the 2020 truffle season locating multiple T. melanosporum truffles in one truffières, as well as searching in other properties to help generalise his training.
Hailing from the South Island, Tigga is Springer Spaniel currently working towards the end of her training. In her first week she joined me for a demonstration at Unitec to show students how truffles are found. Tigga enjoyed all of the pats and treats from the students and was reluctant to leave.
Tigga is progressing well her truffle training and locating different quantities of truffle bait at varying depths. Her truffle hunting practice is in a hiatus this summer (2020) as she is the proud mother of six adorable Springer puppies.
Willow is from Zorro and Tigga’s first mating. There were 6 in the litter with diverse interest in learning throughout the litter. Dora, the explorer, was a definite bird dog with pointing right from the start when she saw birds flying around. The rest of them all showed willingness to learn the basics of the indication for scent work. It was fun to work with all of the puppies, but Willow eventually won my heart. Willow located her first truffles in the 2020 season and is working towards being alead contender for searching next season.