Author Archives: Nancy J. Bailey

About Nancy J. Bailey

Artist, author, bad karaoke singer. Woodsy ragamuffin. Mom of a horse named Clifford who plays fetch and paints with watercolors. He visits libraries and schools with me, to promote literacy and making the world a better place. Yes, he is house trained, no, he doesn't live in my house! I have written three books about Clifford. But my newest book, THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWN, is co-written by my awesome sister Amanda, who has Down syndrome. Her unexpected one-liner wisecracks can always make me laugh. If you make me laugh, you've made my day!

Puppy Boot Camp – 6 Month GSD – Proofing the Stay

With a “soft” dog like Arthur, proofing the stay can be a trick because he likes to be right in your pocket. But teaching a reliable stay is a great confidence builder for a worried dog. It is also a … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp – What To Feed A Spooky Pup

Arthur the GSD turned 6 months old on February 7th. I wish I could say he was completely cured. He is doing so much better but he relapses once in awhile. He is still afraid of kids. In the kitchen … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp – Arthur GSD and His Fear

A German shepherd is a dog that should not fear anything; least of all little kids. When Arthur came to me about a month ago he was riddled with issues. He was terrified of moving vehicles: Being around them, being … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp – Revisiting the Stay

Sometimes when you take some time off, the puppy will relapse. Such was the case for Dom, now Arthur, who visited the store today and his walking with the cart reminded me of the first day I took him. A … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp Day 20, Part 2: German Shepherd and the Random Down

The German shepherd pup formerly known as Dom, now called Top or more formally, Arthur, has been learning to lie down on cue. The hand signal is traditionally raising the right hand. But he is now learning to drop when … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp, Day 20 – GSD – One Way To Fix Coming When Called

The German Shepherd puppy called Dom has been with me for nearly three weeks. He is now five and a half months old. His recall, while vastly improved, has only gotten to about the 60% mark. When he does come, … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp Day 19 – GSD Pup Learning to Stay

The saga of Dom, the fearful German shepherd puppy, continued through this morning training session when I decided to introduce the notion of staying put. It isn’t too difficult for most puppies. For the ones who have confidence problems, it … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp Day 18 – Dom GSD – first bark-free store visit!

We hit a milestone today for the fearful German shepherd who rushes people and barks. By the way both his ears stood up briefly today. At 5 months he’s still too fuzzy to look too grown up. My friend Cindy … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp Day 17 – Drilling Down On Dom GSD’s Aggression

The German shepherd pup Dom has been slowly evolving out of his barking habit. Over the past few days I have begun to tell him “NO” at select moments. He is being bombarded with stimuli, and I let him work … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp Day 15 – Dom GSD Gets Told No!

The title is only half joking. I don’t do a lot of corrections with a fearful pup because I am choosing my battles. I have been focusing on the positive side of the German shepherd puppy’s behavior, slowly bringing him … Continue reading

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