Working Dogs

Search on for hardest worker

By Country News

Does your dog have what it takes to be crowned Australia’s hardest working dog?

If you answered yes, then put your pooch to the test by nominating it for the 2019 Cobber Working Dog Challenge.

Two dogs from each Australian state will be selected from the nominations to compete in the fourth annual Cobber Challenge.

The Cobber Challenge tracks each dog’s work across a three-week period; this year from August 12 to September 1.

Each of the 12 competing dogs will wear a GPS collar to track how hard they work in their natural environment.

The competitors will be scored based on distance, speed and duration of work each day.

Their data will be uploaded daily, so people can follow the performance of individual dogs, as well as the best performing state.

Boof, a kelpie that works on a mixed farm in south-west Victoria, took out the title last year, which featured Molka’s Ben Harrison and his dog Fly.

The then six-year-old Boof had a late dash of activity to edge out the competition in the last days of the challenge, running more than 630km at an average speed of 10.62km/h, totals that surprised owner Henry Lawrence.

‘‘I knew he’d do a lot, but in the last week, when work picked up, he piled on the kilometres,’’ Mr Lawrence said.

‘‘One morning when we were shifting a mob, he covered around 40km, and then another time he clocked almost 70km for the day.’’

Nominations are open until Sunday, July 7.

■To nominate your working dog, visit: www.cobberchallenge.com.au