why does my dog not like black people

I often get this question in my doggy rehab clinics and the answer is quite simple. Dogs rely on our facial expressions quite a bit to tell them what we are feeling, saying or thinking and since their vision is not the same as ours, with darker skinned people, they sometimes have a hard time making out the facial expressions and it can get a bit nerve racking for them, same reason why dogs often do not react well to people wearing hoodies, baseball hat, large sunglasses or anything that covers the face. Also, just like us, if they are not exposed to something, they will become weary and suspicious of what they have not known before.


So if your dog reacts to darker skinned people, you can work on gradual desensitizing and changing the association of dark skin with fear. You can ask darker skinned friends or family, as well a strangers to help with this. You ask them to come near you and before the dog reacts, you make him sit and reward him, slowly you get the dog closer and closer to the person, always rewarding good behavior. Once you can get close enough to the person without the dog barking, have that person give your dog treats and if your dog likes to get petted, let the person pet your dog. Repeat the process until your dog associates darker skin with positive things and see the change happen right before your eyes.
HuffPost Live on Friday hosted a discussion about how some dogs seem to show bias against people with darker skin, an idea explored in popular culture for years, including in the 1982 movie "," and more recently, in an and a.


Guest Darrell Mashia told HuffPost Live host Nancy Redd that often his white friends' dogs would treat him differently than other lighter-skinned people. "I have a lot of friends who have dogs and they're typically nice to most of the people that they encounter which I'd say are mostly white folk,", "but -- I wouldn't say all of them but a good chunk, maybe a third. whenever I enter the room or try to get close to them they growl or snap or just kinda stare and look very uncomfortable. " Watch the.


In a recent Gawker article titled "," a number of experts also sounded off on the topic. From The general consensus is that it's because the dog wasn't properly socialized as a puppy, and wasn't exposed to people of all races and ethnicities Б or that the dog was abused by someone who "looked" a certain way. [. ] There are certain breeds of dogs that I've noticed don't see well at night, and react poorly to people with darker skin (day or night).


I believe that with these dogs, there must be some vision problem, and if a person has slightly darker skin, it can seem as though they appear out of nowhere. Writing for Newsweek in 2010, columnist Raina Kelly said that. "But hereБs the thingБdogs canБt be racist because theyБre dogs. To be racist is to harbor a belief that a group of people have abilities or personality traits solely because of the color of their skin," "Dogs are wonderful creatures, but they simply donБt have the intellectual capacity to develop derogatory judgements about whole groups of people. " Watch the full segment, "Doggone Racists! " below and.

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