HARFORD'S APPRENTICE - Teaching the Basics of Sheep Herding to a Young Dog
by Harford Logan - as told to his daughter Joanne McHardy
Harford Logan explains to his daughter Joanne McHardy, how he trained a young dog to herd sheep - distilling all his years of experience into a short tutorial for someone just starting out in sheepdog training, a simple but practical guide to the crucial first stages with a young dog. 'Harford's way' is to bring out the dog’s own natural herding ability – and so help it to be the best it can be. His view is that the time taken in the early stages of training to help the dog understand and succeed make the most difference. His advice in this book is limited to the first months of training, so the dog has the basic skills needed for simple farm work and the foundation for all future experience. Harford Logan was the holder of the Irish National Sheepdog Championship on six occasions & then Scottish Champion when farming in the Highlands.
This book is just as suitable for teaching the Stop, Stay and Recall commands to any dog breed.
Hard Back book; 28 pages - fully illustrated by Holly Bennett and Joanne McHardy
Contains Harford's approach to training the young dog on the following tasks:
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Harford Logan, from County Down in Northern Ireland, has been winning and judging sheepdog trials for well over 60 years. In 2010 he was awarded the International Sheep Dog Society's most prestigious award, the Wilkinson Sword, for his 'outstanding contribution to the Society, sheepdogs and trialing'. Seven times he won the ISDS National Sheep Dog Championship (six times for Ireland & once for Scotland), and has for decades been a respected judge of trials in the UK & Ireland, North America and across Europe. He is still an avid watcher of young handlers and novice dogs, always on the look-out for the next champions.
I've been in professional dog training for many years and I'm just starting to learn about herding, this book should be a must for anyone who wants to get started. Easy to read, practical and very instructive. 100% recommendable!!
First of great service as seems to be the norm.
Ordered for myself, got as far as page eight, then bam my 13 year old daughter has put claim to it.
Fingers crossed I will get to read the entire book when she eventually returns to me. (just been informed by said daughter, she is really enjoying the book, she is willing to return it, in return for her pick of litter).
A delightful little book. The binding and sheen like front and back covers are lovely to the touch.
The size of the book is perfect for a Barbour jacket pocket, a shoulder bag or the glove box in your car.
The little pencil illustrations throughout are a great little addition.
The text and font inside is a perfect size, and easy on the eye.
Harford’s long and successful experience is evident
In this book. What I liked was the fact that he explained why he was telling you to do a certain thing.
A lot of trainers and handlers instruct the reader to move the dog to a particular position, but don’t say why. To them of course, in their expertise, it’s obvious, but to the not so experienced and learned, it is all very confusing.
Harford explains how to start a working sheepdog off right from the start as a puppy. Perfect for me as I collect my new baby on Tuesday!
When I was a young boy in the early 70’s, there used to be a book about fishing. It was called Mr Crabtree takes you fishing.
I absolutely loved this book and read it cover to cover a thousand times. The author would write as though it were just him talking to you, and showing you what to do.
I got this same experience from Harford’s book. It was as though there were him and me and he was giving me his advice. That is how it’s written.
I’m sure my own copy will be thumbed and corner folded and referred to over the coming years. I will be proud to put this book on my shelf with all the other books written by the great and good of the sheepdog world.