Dog Sense


Local businesswoman, Gloria McClay, is the author of the book “Dog Sense”, which was first published in 2010. Dog Sense cover(1)When she was in her early 20’s, she began training her own dogs, and was quickly bitten by the dog show bug. Naturally the progression was to be a professional dog training instructor/behavioral consultant, and has logged over 35 years of experience. She owns and operates Canine Connection in Cheshire, MA. Under the kennel name of Glorial Schipperkes and Rottweilers she was an accomplished breeder/owner/handler for 25 of those years. Her proudest moment is the fact she introduced Kindergarten Puppy classes into the Berkshires in 1988. Kindergarten Puppy continues to be offered along with obedience, rally, and agility classes at Canine Connection.

In addition, Gloria has been an active member of the Great Barrington Kennel Club since 1981. Over the years she has held the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Occasionally she has chaired the Club’s annual AKC All-Breed Point Show, and other educational events. She currently works with the dogs at Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter, and is a dedicated member on the Board of Directors.

Gloria’s book, “Dog Sense” stresses the importance of “breeding better dogs” and offers advice on how to become responsible dog owners. It provides all the necessary ingredients for the recipe to having well-mannered dogs. In this book, Gloria emphasizes the important reasons why dog owners need to establish a leadership role in their dog’s lives. It has sensible “soup to nuts” guidance for all dog owners and covers every aspect of training a dog. There is even advice for those that have aspirations for becoming a dog-training instructor, or showing their own dogs.

If you love dogs, this is a must read! “Dog Sense” can be purchased through most on-line book stores, and can also be purchased at Canine Connection.

Gloria is available for group lectures and book signings. She can be reached at or her phone number is (413) 442-7553. Canine Connection’s website address is


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