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Then the master makes the game a little more complicated by throwing the truffle into long grass, where the dog can't see it.White truffles fetch 350 euros ($400) for 100 grams this year, down from at least 600 euros last year.Going truffle hunting is a passion, said Monchiero, who heads out every morning and evening during the truffle season, which runs from Sept. 21 to Jan. 31 .The university was founded by his great-grandfather in 1880 and Monchiero's principle is while not every dog can become a good truffle-hunter, all breeds have a chance.The three-week education costs 400 euros and Monchiero says he gives three classes a day but he stops for an hour or two when he sees that his charge is bored or tired.Rocky meanwhile has all the potential to become an excellent truffle dog.
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