Muster Dogs on ABC – After a hot autumn it finally feels a little like winter as our puppies and trainers descend on central Queensland for their final assessment.

It has been an epic journey for all involved and the road to Hillview, Clermont, was long and dusty for our eager trainers and their much-loved pups. Our puppies are now twelve months old and are warmly welcomed at the home of Muster Dogs veteran Frank Finger and his Muster Dogs Champion kelpie, Annie.

Our experts, Neil and Helen, are joined by special guest and former champion Frank and dog educator Mick Hudson, who bred this quality litter of pups, to assess how the young dogs measure up after a year of structured and focused training.

The three challenges are explained, and our dogs are raring to go. It’s neck and neck in the first two challenges, with all dogs passing.

With no clear winner in sight, it’s time for each of the dogs and trainers to take on the final challenge to determine who will be crowned the Champion Muster Dog.

It’s a close call but one team shines brighter than the pack and is rightfully crowned our Champion Muster Dog.

Together all five dogs have graduated from the year-long experiment and are now effective working dogs. They have each proven that you can train a dog smarter and faster in just twelve months rather than the usual three-year training cycle. But more importantly, they have shown that the bond between human and dog is unbreakable and something to be treasured.

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 11 February, 2024 at 7.30pm (season final)

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