Dogs go dis­tance for Cob­ber Chal­lenge

Narrogin Observer - - News - Cally Dupe

The search is on to find Aus­tralia’s tough­est work­ing dog, and two WA kelpies are keen con­tenders.

Darkan farmer Karyn Buller’s kelpie Rosie was among 12 dogs se­lected as fi­nal­ists in the an­nual Cob­ber Chal­lenge.

The kelpie donned a GPS col­lar last week and will wear it for three weeks, record­ing the speed, dis­tance and du­ra­tion of work on their farms.

At the end of the day, own­ers up­load that in­for­ma­tion to a web- site which keeps a tally of all the dogs in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Ms Buller said six-year-old Rosie would take on a range of tasks, in­clud­ing check­ing ewes, yard work, do­ing stock rounds and mov­ing lambs.

“We do the tasks on our own prop­er­ties, the dog wears the GPS col­lar and it logs how many kilo­me­tres the dog does,” she said.

“We started crutch­ing on the Mon­day so our big­gest day round­ing up was the day be­fore, but I can’t log those results.

“It is mainly about dis­tance, to see how many kilo­me­tres the dogs do.”

Daily results are uploaded to the cob­ber­chal­ web­site ev­ery evening.

Pic­ture: Karyn Buller

Darkan sheep­dog Rosie.

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