Muster Dogs on ABC – It’s been a gruelling summer for our handlers. It’s now winter, but so hot it still feels like summer.
Our puppies are ten months old and are starting to develop some undesirable traits and teenage rebelliousness. So far, all pups have conquered the five and seven-month assessments but are anxiously anticipating the upcoming ten-month challenge.
Lily and Snow in Wilcannia, New South Wales, and Steve and Indi in Winton, Queensland, are progressing well, both confident about where their dogs are and how they’ve progressed in the last two months. But it’s not all fun and games for our handlers, with a few facing some big setbacks.
In Ban Ban Springs, Queensland, the demands of motherhood have taken a toll on Cilla. Her youngest child has been struggling to sleep and she fears her exhaustion is impacting her mood and ability to effectively train Ash.
In the Northern Territory, Zoe is facing a challenge of her own. Buddy has been unwell and has been in and out of the vet several times. Deeply worried about her best mate, Zoe has a lot at stake, especially with the ten-month assessment looming. She is unsure if Buddy will be home and well enough to participate.
In Bothwell, Tasmania, Russ and Molly have their wires crossed. Molly is still getting bullied by the tough, grumpy livestock, so Russ is ramping up training, trying to get Molly to learn a bit of force and assert more dominance before the next assessment.
With only two months to go, the competition is heating up as we come closer to the final assessment to discover who will be crowned Champion Muster Dog.
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 4 February, 2024 at 7.30pm
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