Juno, Winner of the BEST KISSER contest at Woofstock 2 years in a row. (This landed us on Good Day Sacramento. OK that and her purple tutu.)
Approximately 2 years ago I noticed my puppy was exhibiting fearful reactions to strangers. Juno is an American Pit Bull Terrier that I rescued along with two of her litter mates from a back yard breeder in the parking lot of Wal-Mart (Woodland). I had goals to raise Juno, get her AKC PAL and then compete with her. We intended to be an example of what a rescued "Pit Bull" can do.
I socialized the socks off of this pup and she never had a bad experience that we witnessed. This is just who Juno is. My hope to help give Juno the tools she needed o live successfully motivated me to seek help from the Behaviorists at UCD.
We learned a lot from Dr. Stepita and her assistant. We continued to work and train. Juno is who she is. That hasn't changed but we were able to help build her confidence and give her ways to deal if she felt uncomfortable.
A few months ago I felt confident about enter Juno in an AKC Novice Obedience Match. The Sit for Exam takes a lot of confidence. The judge hobbled over to Juno with her cane and “wack, wack, wack” patted her on the head. Juno maintained eye contact with and held her stay. She finished with what would have been a qualifying score. I cried.
Juno's accomplishments include:
- Earned her CGC last month
- two legs in UKC Rally Novice
- two legs in AKC Rally Novice
- Winner of the BEST KISSER contest at Woofstock 2 years in a row. (This landed us on Good Day Sacramento. OK that and her purple tutu.)
Winner of the Diva contest this year at the Great Pyrenees Fun Show
Juno and I will continue to compete in Rally and Obedience. She is even considering some lure coursing. She is still Juno, a wonderful, smart, silly dog who has gained the confidence she needs to be an ambassador for her breed.
Thank you for helping us
~Rosalie and Juno