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Is there such a thing as a racist dog? Could My Dog Be Racist? - Whole Dog Journal

We just missed Junteenth, when this would have been a perfect post. But we can still all help!

Socialize your dog as young as possible to people wearing hats or not, all races and colors, all ages, in as many locations as possible, etc. I also did horses, chickens, pigs, sheep, etc. I really took it to heart and did 40 people and 40 dogs before he was 16 weeks old. But boy has it paid off:)
 

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Yes! I'm lucky (?) enough to live in a tourist area, so I took young Annie for lots of walks in touristy places, where she was exposed to people from around the world (and had her picture taken a lot!). I think especially important for me was socializing to people wearing different headgear (turban, hijab) and with different accents, and people nervous of dogs.

My dad's new dog, we have discovered, is afraid of men (ok with Dad now). This is really easy to avoid if you socialize the dog early on!

If I were to do it again- I would socialize more with people after dark, which is the one occasion Annie is still nervous about.
 

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Oh yes, I knew a racist beagle once. It wasnt intentional by the owners, it was due to a lack of socialisation. He grew up in a very homogeneous environment.
 

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I grew up in the South at a time when some people actually trained their dogs to bark at people of other races. We've always tried to avoid having that happen with our dogs.

Because of this history, I would have been embarrassed if Normie had barked at the little girls next door who are African-American. So when he was a puppy I asked them to come play with him. Mutual love!
 

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Yes, we've had many dogs that were scared or didn't like people of color. Most of them that were this way were rescues my parents fostered or owned. None of my dogs have been this way so far, but I go overboard when it comes to socializing.
 

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Is there such a thing as a racist dog? Could My Dog Be Racist? - Whole Dog Journal

We just missed Junteenth, when this would have been a perfect post. But we can still all help!

Socialize your dog as young as possible to people wearing hats or not, all races and colors, all ages, in as many locations as possible, etc. I also did horses, chickens, pigs, sheep, etc. I really took it to heart and did 40 people and 40 dogs before he was 16 weeks old. But boy has it paid off:)
We did too! Yes, all of those festivals sure paid off too for our boy

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Yes! I'm lucky (?) enough to live in a tourist area, so I took young Annie for lots of walks in touristy places, where she was exposed to people from around the world (and had her picture taken a lot!). I think especially important for me was socializing to people wearing different headgear (turban, hijab) and with different accents, and people nervous of dogs.

My dad's new dog, we have discovered, is afraid of men (ok with Dad now). This is really easy to avoid if you socialize the dog early on!

If I were to do it again- I would socialize more with people after dark, which is the one occasion Annie is still nervous about.
Yes, our Charlie is nervous in the dark too. I also suggest exposing the pup to men with beards

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I had to laugh about this post. When I was in college, a fellow student needed a place to keep her poodle for one month, until her off campus housing was available. My parents volunteered. Well, Yoyo was from Maryland, right outside Washington, and apparently had not been exposed to Caucasian men. So, my parents ended up with a black Standard Poodle who barked viciously,while running to hide in the bed, and shredding the sheets. It took three weeks for Yoyo to friendly up to my dad. Meanwhile, my sister and I would take her for car rides and outings to give my parents some peace and quiet. Yoyo attacked the glass on the car, windows trying to get to white men who were across the street. She, however, wagged her tail at gang members who were right next to the car, if they were the "right" color. Men in uniform? She scrutinized them carefully checking their skin color. Yoyo's owner said that she never thought about it, but that "Yeah, Yoyo lacked exposure to white men." Other that the "color" issue Yoyo was a nice dog, but my parents were happy when she went back to her owner.
 
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