CODY Peterken might live in the suburbs but he is cut out for life on the farm.
The 12-year-old has recently started training to enter sheep dog trial competitions, along with his trusty sidekick Lassie, a 13-month-old border collie.
Spending up to 10 hours a week at his grandparents' Ross Creek property, Cody has been shaping up for the past seven months for his first competition - the Ballarat Sheep Dog Trials - in January.
Having watched his grandfather John Tuddenham work sheepdogs as he grew up, the Mt Pleasant Primary School pupil is now ready to step up to the plate himself in the "encourage events".
"I've been around dogs all my life and always loved being around them," said Cody.
"I always have her (Lassie) out on the farm. It's really fun putting the sheep through their paces and showing them who is boss."
Cody said Lassie was an energetic but gentle dog who he hoped to use for trials for many years to come.
Mentored by legendary Ballarat dog trial champion Jim Dodge, Cody says he hoped to make a career out of life on the farm once he grows up and finishes school.
"I love working with the animals and with the stock, and have learned a lot from my grandfather," he said.
"I'm really looking forward to the Ballarat event to show what I can do."
The Ballarat Sheep Dog Trials will be held between January 30 and February 2.