HARD WORK: Robert Johnston with Pattie, one of his successful working show dogs.
HARD WORK: Robert Johnston with Pattie, one of his successful working show dogs. Melissa Gulbin

Tatham grazier wins a handful of titles at Dog Championships

THE NSW Working Show Dog Association has never seen anything like it.

Tatham grazier Robert Johnston came away with all four categories at the state Working Show Dog Championships this month.

The humble working-dog trainer said he owed the win to hard work and winning Border Collie bloodline.

His eight-year-old Shady Acres Pattie won Dog of the Year as well as Open Dog Of the Year. Pattie's son 21-month-old Zac took out the Maiden / Novice Dog of the year.

Pattie is good but Zac is knocking on the door, he said.

"I think Pattie will be competing for another 18 months."

The 65-year-old has only recently ramped up his training after selling three properties in the last 12 months. He is currently breaking in 14 dogs.

"It's about trusting your dogs and your dogs trusting you," he said.

"I dropped out of school to be a drover.

"I've been around cattle all my life. I know how to read them."