What you'll do
Your visit will start with a meet and great with our dogs Mila the Truffle Huntress and her hunting partner Panettone (Tonne). They will search for the winter black Périgord truffle, one of the worlds rarest gastronomic joys, as you learn about the interaction between hunter and handler. These cues, clues and alerts that will provide the ground work of the skills that we will share with you and your dog during your visit at Tesoro Mio. Our positive reinforcement training focuses upon reward based methods; to include clicker training, verbal reward markers and toy based motivation. This play based program will strengthen the bond between you and your dog while building confidence. The hands on training will take place in workshop environment with a focus on your teams goals from recreational and fun to professional and profitable. We will start with basic Truffle scent training and move towards hunting in the orchard based upon ability and drive. We will teach you how to teach your dog to imprint scent and name objects. Once mastered we will move on to basic box work, alerts and hides with the objective of transitioning to the Truffle Orchard. We use real truffle scent and offer training kits to help you continue your progress. Beginning, Intermediate, advanced private class are available upon request.
- Responsible interactions
All hosts must follow guidelines created with World Animal Protection.
- Caring expert hosts
Learn from biologists, conservationists, farmers, and more.
- Diverse animals
Meet over 300 kinds of animals, from alpacas to zebras.
I’ve had the amazing opportunity to travel the country with my dog, Mila the “Truffle Huntress” , training with some of the best scent trainers in the world. When Mila was one year old, we used qualified as a finalist at the Joriad Truffle dog competition, the only one of its kind in the US. Two months later we were one of the few professional teams in the states, providing surveys and harvesting truffle for other growers. Working with dozens of dogs teams we have developed a fun/play based program to teach you and your dog how to hunt truffle for fun and/or profit. I am so privileged to have the opportunity to teach you at our property- Tesoro Mio “Treasure of Mine” Truffle Ranch. We are the only training workshop in the states that takes place on a producing Truffle Ranch. Looking forward to you having you join the TH team!
Truffle snacks will be provided at the end of the session and a complimentary glass of wine from a local Sierra Nevada…
Where you'll be
Tesoro Mio Truffle Ranch is a 47 acre producing Truffiere located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills. The workshop training will take place on our Winter black Périgord truffle orchard and our 1500 square foot covered patio which offers a panoramic view of the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills. There are 50 wineries within a. 50 mile radius, and many dog friendly restaurants and hikes to complete your visit to the El Dorado County area.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.
Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.
Up to 4 guests ages 18 and up can attend.
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
Truffle hunting and training is a rain or shine activity so please plan accordingly. Towels and blankets for muddy wet dogs is helpful to insure the best experience for your furry friends on wet day. Comfortable walking shoes and boots recommended. Dogs must be current on their vaccinations.
Truffle Dog Training at a Truffle Ranch