Our expert says:
As you allude to, Pit Bulls have been selectively bred to fight. They are not good guard dogs as they were not bred for this (German Shepherds, Rottweilers etc. are guard dogs), but are a deterrent as many people fear them. They are usually good with people and children, but if aggression is sparked in them there is no warning (growling, hackles up, stiff legs etc.) and the bite is usually serious. The other problem you have is that all three dogs are bitches so they are more likely to fight than if there was a male to balance the equation. I think that the risk of Abby being injured or killed is high, no matter what you do, and the risk of your child being involved in a fight is also there. So my suggestion is that you re-home Juno as soon as possible. If you want a guard dog I think you will have a better chance of success with a male large breed, not a terrier.
If you are determined to keep Juno then here are some essential tips:
* Puppy socialising classes starting from 9 weeks old - with bigger breed pups. She must not be allowed to bully any other pups.
* Socialising with older big breed adult dogs that are "bomb proof" and will discipline her without hurting her. Labradors and German Shepherds are often good at this.
* Don't leave the dogs together when you are not around - alternate territories each day.
* Step in and discipline Juno when she goes for Abby by either 1: rolling Juno over gently onto her back and holding her down gently until she calms down or 2: separating them quietly, by picking one up, and giving them a few minutes of time out from any contact with dogs or people - no shouting or smacking at all.
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