Truffle hunting

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Truffle-hunting competitions have been held in France since 1969. In these competitions, dogs have to find the location of six truffles over a 25-square-metre area as fast as possible, marking the location by pawing the ground. Two hundred points are up for grabs in the competition, with penalties for not finding all six truffles and marking the same location twice. Dogs which eat the truffles are disqualified.

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Truffle-hunting competitions are split into two classes. Class A is open to debutants – those which have not participated in more than three successive competitions. Here, the handler is permitted to accompany the leashed dog in the search area. Class B is open to more experienced dogs. Here, the handler is not permitted to enter the search area except to dig up the truffle, which is handed to the judge before the dog moves on to the next location. Training is the same for both classes, although dogs in class B competitions are not supposed to scratch the ground as much or leave the search area.

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