Wagnificent K9 Truffle Dog Team

Meet the Wagnificent K9 Truffle Dog Team! Kristin, Cash, Callie, Da Vinci, and MacGyver are located in Washington State. Kristin and her four dogs are some of the very few professional truffle dog teams in all of North America who are qualified for truffle location services on both wild stands and in truffieres. Kristin is a self-taught truffle dog handler and her intuitive approach to teaching and training is highly effective at developing strong relationships between handler and dog as well as accelerating the training process in a meaningful, genuine, and gentle way. Truffle hunting comes to you here! Kristin and her team will show you what it’s like to truffle hunt with dogs. Follow their  Photo Journal and learn from their experience by following the Truffle Dog Blog.

Wagnificent K9 Truffle Dog Team

MacGyver

Meet the newest member of the family!  MacGyver was born March 22, 2015 and is the second Border Collie on our crew.  Follow our puppy stories in Raising MacGyver as we learn about each other and develop our relationship. (Photo by Lisa Kaufman, 2015)
Wagnificent K9 Truffle Dog Team

Da Vinci

Da Vinci (Snowflower Thyme Flies) is a Belgian Tervuren born 9-11-2010…brought home 11-9-2010.  Our first puppy and forever Mr. Puppy!!! Agility, herding, truffle hunting…sky’s the limit! He has an incredible nose and always brings amusement to the truffle hunt with his happy expressions. (Photo by Lisa Berglund, 2015)
Wagnificent K9 Truffle Dog Team

Cash

My joy! An absolute soul mate! He’s shy, he worries a lot, he is busy all day…and he gives me everything he has, makes me laugh every day and defines what relationships, trust, safety and patience really mean. Born 8-14-2007…adopted 8-14-2008 from NOAH (Northwest Organization for Animal Help). He was always brave in the agility ring for me, he plays with sheep with me and he’s the best caretaker in our home. My Little Buddy! (Photo by Lisa Berglund, 2015)
Wagnificent K9 Truffle Dog Team

Callie

How can such a powerful girl be so unbelievably sweet? Our Sweet Callie! Born 6-21-2007…adopted from PNW Border Collie Rescue 1-30-2009. She’s a firecracker in the agility ring, an intense herding dog and a reliable truffle hunter. She loves the game and always plays with all her heart. Magnificent Callie! (Photo by Lisa Kaufman, 2015)
Wagnificent K9 Truffle Dog Team

The Crew

Kristin fell in love with truffles on an Italian vacation in the summer of 2010. She joked about needing truffle dogs until, in random internet search, she discovered that they grow right where she lives…the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She took the initiative to learn about truffles and work with a an instructor who had extensive search & rescue/ scent detection experience. Her love of dog training and truffles came together and their grand adventure began. What started as a self-propelled new hobby to give her active dogs some work has turned into something she never imagined. Read more about Kristin. (Photo by Lisa Kaufman, 2015)