A Way of Life is a complete guide to sheepdog work in which the story of Glyn Jones' life with sheepdogs is presented as an integral part of his practical advice on training, handling, trialling and breeding.
There are chapters on:
- Choosing a dog
- Foundations of rearing and training
- Taking the dog from play to work
-The first instructions
- Widening the dog's experience
- Singling and the outrun
- Nursery trials
- The turnback
- 'Polishing' the dog
- Brace work
- Trials in Britain and North America
- A guide for the novice breeder
- Veterinary appendices
Glyn Jones is a third-generation sheepdog handler, and throughout the book he demonstrates an uncanny knowledge of the delicate balance between handler, dogs and sheep. It is his insight into the reaction of all the elements in this triangular relationship which has enabled Glyn Jones to develop his dogs' potential to an absolute maximum. It is a difficult insight to express in words. He has therefore chosen to collaborate with Barbara Collins, the former editor of Working Sheepdog News, in preparing the text.
A Way of Life includes a foreword by Eric Halsall. The book is illustrated by over a hundred photographs and many diagrams.