March 25th, 2016 - What Would MacGyver Do? He found all 4 black truffles (3 whole, 1 small piece). We built in a look at me to say "found it", added a verbal cue, and practiced our reward & ending rituals. This was his 6th exposure to black truffles.
December 11, 2015 MacGyver is an OFFICIAL Truffle Dog! Today was his 10th learning session and it was an awesome one! He found five truffles (not pictured because...he is a puppy)! This boy demands that I operate from a grounded state and with heart-centered action...in anything we do together. I am so proud of this pup and our developing partnership. Our path has been nontraditional and "outside the box", one of reciprocal learning based on organic conversation, respect, transparency, intuition, and mindful action in the present moment. Dogs are amazing teachers! The newest member of my truffle dog crew in action! This is MacGyver's first truffle hunt and it was awesomely fun to see how he put all the pieces of this game and our foundation training together. He offered to include the "face down" at the truffle and I LOVED it! MacGyver finds his first truffles after just 10 sessions with truffle odor! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7orRok4f5wg?rel=0&controls=0&showinfo=0&w=640&h=360]
We just dug our first hole together! I have no idea what we were scenting and digging for, but we were working as a team to get to it :D That was a fun glimpse into our truffle hunting future!