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Sheepdog Trialling and Training Book Set For Return

01 September 2014

GLOBAL – A champion sheep dog trainer’s view of teaching, working and trialling sheepdogs is returning to the shelves after a twelve year absence.

Penned by writer and journalist Barbara Collins, A Way of Life: Sheepdog Training, Handling and Trialling gets to the heart of what made Welshman Glyn Jones a leader in training and competing with dogs.

A Way of Life is making a comeback

Returning due to popular demand, the book elaborates on training dogs for the highest level, while communicating the ethos Mr Jones had and the value he placed on intimately knowing a dog.

Chapters take the reader through the process of selecting or rearing a dog, competing on an international stage and eventually retiring a collie.

Different sheep driving tactics are accommodated by diagrams. Photography is plentiful and displays the strong traditional and social elements of trialling.

More technical chapters explore dog disease, reproduction, inherited eye disorders and national and international trials courses.

A Way of Life tells the story of a man completely absorbed by working with dogs, an art at the centre of his family’s heritage and everyday life.

The much anticipated title is a rare route into Glyn’s appreciation of dogs as individuals to be acquainted with.

The foreward explains that this requires dogs to be taught rather than trained.

“It is a slower process than the more common and accepted ways of training collies, but it is lasting and, if the dogs have flair, makes trials winners.”

The foreward continues: “Dogs respect the interest which Glyn Jones takes in them – and they try to please.”

Glyn Jones has been crowned Welsh Champion and the One Man and His Dog Champion of Champions multiple times. In 1973 he won the International Supreme Championship on home soil.


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