Muster Dogs on ABC – Since we last saw the puppies they have grown and are developing their stalking livestock techniques and learning manners and basic calls.

Steve and Indi in Winton, Queensland, are going great guns, but cracks are starting to appear in the Northern Territory’s Top End for Zoe and Buddy, who are feeling the pinch of the labour shortage. And with no trainer mob to work Buddy on the seven-month assessment, it’s shaping up to be an epic fail.

Lily and Snow in Wilcannia, NSW, and Russ and Molly in Bothwell, Tasmania, are also flat-out busy, struggling to find time to train their pups as they juggle their families and workload. The seven-month assessment will be the best they can muster on the day. As the only white dog in the litter, Snow must do a lot of work to convince the stock that he isn’t just another sheep.

In Ban Ban Springs, Queensland, Cilla and Ash are super confident and certainly putting the training in. Ash has been out of action for two weeks with a sore foot and is failing to demonstrate the confidence to push the stock from behind.

It’s judgement day for our five pups and the results are certainly surprising. Some of our pups just scrape through on key tasks but Neil is really impressed with the ability of all of them. The training intensifies as we head into the ten-month assessment.

Production credits: An Ambience Entertainment production for the ABC with production investment from Screen Queensland and financed with support from the ABC. Executive Producer: Matthew Street. Producers: Monica O’Brien and Michael Boughen. Co-producer John Unwin. ABC Executive Producer: Rachel Robinson. Commissioning Editor: Jo Chichester. ABC Head of Factual: Susie Jones. Narrator: Lisa Millar.

Muster Dogs on ABC and ABC iview – Sunday 28 January, 2024 at 7.30pm

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Muster Dogs on ABC