Truffle hunter Giovanni Monchiero smells a truffle with his dog in a wood in Verduno near Alba, northwestern Italy. Photo: AFP

From normal dog to truffle hunting champion: school in Italy trains canines to sniff out prized fungi

  • ‘For the dog, it’s a game,’ says fourth-generation trainer at ‘truffle dog university’ near Alba, where the best white truffles come from
  • All breeds have a chance of becoming expert at finding fungi that grow among tree roots, he says
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Truffle hunter Giovanni Monchiero smells a truffle with his dog in a wood in Verduno near Alba, northwestern Italy. Photo: AFP
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