Angel vies for title
Working dogs go the distance
CANINE pride will be on the line when competitors from across the country vie to be crowned Australia’s toughest working dog.
The 12 competitors, including two from Tasmania, take part in this year’s Cobber Challenge. Starting on Monday, they will be fitted with a GPS collar each day when they go to work for the next three weeks.
The collar will track each dog’s movements through the day including distance travelled and speed.
Representing Tasmania will be Alexander Gregory from Ross and his dog Angel and Bradley McDonald and his dog Flow from the Fingal Valley.
Mr Gregory and his kelpie Angel work on Beaufront, a 12,400ha property with a large sheep operation.
Mr Gregory bred Angel and said the three-year-old was very handy.
“I broke her in at about 12 months of age. I like to take them with me right from when they’re puppies.
“You can let them our at a gateway and they get to see some sheep and they bond with you.”
Training good working dogs takes time and patience.
“A lot of people go out and buy them now, probably because they haven’t got the time,” he said.
“I like training them though. It’s good to see them go from a pup right through to a dog you can take out and do any job with.”
Mr Gregory is keen to see how many kilometres Angel does in a working week but the competition has coincided with lambing, which is one of the quieter times for stockwork.
Many competitors say a reason they entered was to know what their dogs do for them. Last year’s winner ran more than 60km in a single day.
To track the dogs’ progress go to www.cobberchallenge.com.au.