Dog handlers & truffle dogs

Once your trees start producing truffles, you will need your own trained hound to find them or you can use the professional truffle dogs.  Truffle dog handlers and their dogs can visit your truffle orchard for find the hidden delicacies!

Professional dog handlers include:
  • Karen Drummond has operated Truffle Dog Services since 2014. Since then, Truffle Dog Services has been locating first truffles each season, both T. melanosporum and T. borchii.  Truffle Dog Services provides truffle detection services for truffiere’s around the North Island searching and locating T. melanosporum, T. borchii, as well as T. aestivum. 

During the off season Truffle Dog Services run an online Truffle Dog Training Course for Growers, find out more information here.

Feel free to visit our website about our services and schedule, or contact us on 021 655 054 or email karen at

  •  Prue and her dogs Peri, Caph and Maze have been successfully finding truffles for North Island growers. The dogs have many years’ truffle hunting experience and are accurate and methodical. If you have truffles, our dogs will find them! Call now for your 2023 hunts.

    Contact Prue Church to arrange your 2023 season hunts on 027 777 8220 or by email truffle at or visit Prue’s website

* Providers of Truffle Detection dogs may not necessarily carry the endorsement of the NZTA. NZTA advises that users request references etc. and conduct their own research.