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Offlinemattso
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Re: I just got a puppy (german shepherd)
    #80813 - 01/20/00 06:06 PM (16 years, 10 months ago)

Don't laugh! You CAN teach you dog to hunt fungus. Truffle dunters use dogs to find their quarry, which are little mushroomy fungi which live inches UNDERGROUND. A truffle hunter's dog is his/her livelyhood, and are as cherrished as gold.

I understand it isn't entirely differcult teach them this skill either. Just takes patience and mental/emotional conectiveness with one's pooch.

I'd train my dog to hunt mushrooms if he weren't such a pain in the ass to go walking with in the wet autumn ( he's a little, hairy poodle mutt, and retains mud like a sponge... ) Maybe my next hound..



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Re: I just got a puppy (german shepherd)
    #80815 - 01/20/00 08:24 PM (16 years, 10 months ago)

I thought truffle hunters used pigs??

Yes really.



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Re: I just got a puppy (german shepherd)
    #80816 - 01/21/00 10:33 AM (16 years, 10 months ago)

i have heard of dogs being used to sniff out every thing from termits in the walls to cancer in a human being. i hunt for copelandia cyanescens in tall grasses and it is some times a pain in the ass to find them i figured a dog would make it easy and i would not step on as many of those little fun guys as i usually do.


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Re: I just got a puppy (german shepherd)
    #80817 - 01/21/00 12:11 AM (16 years, 10 months ago)

Yah, Bomb, that's right about pigs. But not so much any more.
I read that they're pretty differcult to teach not to eat what they find, and dogs are more responsive to commands.


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Re: I just got a puppy (german shepherd)
    #80818 - 01/21/00 12:30 AM (16 years, 10 months ago)

Well it is true both pigs and dogs are great for truffles, However dogs would not recognized the putrid taste of fresh mushrooms. They do not like smells or odors that are not good for them biologically.

And dogs who sniff out cocaine cannot smell cocaine. There is no odor to cocaine. It is the adulterants that the dogs sniff in both cocaine and heroin.

Of course dogs also love smelly socks and sometimes underware which they like to shread with their teeth in a frivolous manner by shreading it all over your living and bed rooms.

Anyway I beleive it weould take one hundred Benjk Rin Tin Tin looking dogs to find a single mushroom.

If you live in the Pacific Northwest you sureely do not need dogs to sniff out shrooms since you can find them by walking for a few hours in a single day you most likely would find a patch of Blue Ringers on a lawn and believe me when I say that you will see what looks like a brown rug over a greeen lawn.

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Re: I just got a puppy (german shepherd)
    #80820 - 01/22/00 02:11 PM (16 years, 10 months ago)

Oh, John, you old cynic. - you stick to teaching us about mushrooms and leave the animal behaviorism to us animals...

Dogs can be trained to sniff out ANYTHING with a smell. ANYTHING. With Truffles, the dogs are trained by giving them bits of the pugne t fungus in the food the dog eats - Very simple... with most other things they are trained to sniff out, including those things which are biologically dangerous (like chemical constituants of cocaine, to use your argument...) one only need ASSOCIATE a tasty treat with the smell of mushrooms. Doggy finds the thing you want him to, and he gets a tasty yummy... Just like any traing technique. Sit, Stay, Come, Roll over, Find Shrooms!

BUT, John IS right about not really NEEDING a dog for this, especially if you're a REAL hunter. :wink:

Then again, maybe he's just protecing himself against a possible shift in the Seattle mushroom-hunting balance....
Hmmmmm...


Come Fido... Here boy..

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Re: I just got a puppy (german shepherd)
    #80821 - 01/24/00 09:58 PM (16 years, 10 months ago)

A friend has a mushroom hunting golden retriever


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Re: I just got a puppy (german shepherd)
    #80822 - 01/24/00 10:06 PM (16 years, 10 months ago)

i have a german shepherd as well...good dogs, just shed too much hehehe

anyways, off topic, but my dad taught my dog to search for his doggy treats which he hides in various spots around our backyard for him to look around for...dunno if that would be considered "exercising" as he calls it, since he'll be wasting all that hard earned exercise on that one doggy treat :tongue:

one thing to learn about german shepherds, hip displacements are a real big issue. don't teach ur dog how to catch frisbees in the air, or one day u'll see your dog suffering in pain which might lead to u having to put him to sleep :frown:

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