Kelpie class trains dogs and owners

From puppies to seasoned workers, even man’s best friend occasionally needs some discipline.

On farms across the nation, the working dog is a valuable tool and a trusted mate.

In Tasmania, Kelpies in Action was formed to teach people how to handle their farm dogs.

At the Morrison farm near Cressy on Saturday about six young and old kelpies were put through their paces.

“We teach people everything from the basics for young dogs and then right through to the fully trained dogs,” Kelpies in Action founder Matthew Johnson said. 

The one-day program, held inside a shearing shed due to the rain, worked on using the natural instinct of the dog to teach commands. 

Mr Johnson runs five programs across the state each year – and they are proving popular. 

“A lot of people have been back up to eight times and we have a lot of new dogs here too,” he said. 

“We’re teaching them a process to control their actions or instinct.”