These Adorable Dogs Will Also Find Truffles for You
Whether a dog is roaming in the wild or in an orchard, the mission is simple: catch a whiff, track it down, and mark the site by tapping it with nose or paw. "A gentle touch is preferred," says McGee, 32, a professional dog trainer and food lover who launched Truffle Dog in 2013. "My business partner has a dog who looks at her, barks, lies down, and then pokes the truffles with his foot—in that specific order!"
Though truffles are a gourmet treat (some types sell for $1,000 or more per pound), even the humblest pooch can become a decent hunter. McGee believes that any breed—from pugs to poodles—can sharpen their snouts in about six months, although larger dogs might be able to cover more ground: "Having a Chihuahua check 10,000 trees wouldn't be practical," she says. "But it would be adorable."