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Racist dog?

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by EmmaMcCormack, Dec 3, 2019.


  1. EmmaMcCormack

    EmmaMcCormack PetForums Newbie

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    My dog recently met my boyfriend who is Japanese, he reacted very agressively like never before. When he met my sister's boyfriend who is white he only barked but eventually lay down like normal. He also barks at black people who pass the house but never at white people.

    Has anyone been able to stop their dog from being agressive towards different races?
     
  2. Beth78

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    My aunt's border terrier used to be reactive with black people, very embarrassing :(
     
  3. Torin.

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    It's just another habituation thing - skin colour as a variable just like people wearing sunglasses or hats, or certain colours or shapes of dogs or whatever else exposed to or not in the critical puppy socialisation period. No need to think of it in human discrimination terms.
     
  4. Ian246

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    My first dog used to go to work with me (I was in the RAF). To my utter horror, as a dog who thought everyone wanted to be her friend, she went absolutely nuts when the Indian chap who dealt with all the filing walked into my office one time!
    However, I don’t think you can train such a reaction out, other than by treating the dog as you would if it were edgy about anyone. So, the person should try to avoid making prolonged eye contact, don’t approach the dog and wait until it initiates contact - if it walks up and seems like it wants stroking the person could do so. The individual could drop a few treats on the floor as a way if trying to show that he/she us ‘OK’ and not to be feared. Etc.
    Why do they react? For the same reason they react to anything that seems ‘different’. I also wonder (and do NOT call me a racist) if - to dogs - different races smell different. A particular diet may change one’s general odour, perhaps? We (white Anglo Saxons) eat a lot of meat, for example...I don’t know what oriental people eat a ‘lot’ of, but it seems sensible to me that a very different diet may mean a different smell. It’s nothing more than a theory (developed after my horror at my dog)s reaction to the very nice Indian bloke!) And, like I say, it’s not based in racism...just an idea.
     
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    Apparently to East Asians white people tend to smell slightly sour because of all the dairy we eat :Bag
     
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    Ian246 PetForums Senior

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    That was it! I heard this some years ago - I was racking my brains and went for ‘high meat diet’, thinking, “I’m sure that’s not quite right”! Thank you. :). It makes sense to me.
     
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    Wonder what us vegans smell like, maybe mushrooms
     
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    Dogs form precepts of what humans look, sound and smell like. That's why we should habituate them with people of different races, wearing odd clothes or whatever.
    There were a couple of times my dogs went off on one at people; one was a man dressed as a giant licorice allsort doing some promotion. The other was a young man with cerebral palsy walking awkwardly on the footpath making screeching noises - Kite was young at the time and had never seen anyone with a disability like that before. She's used to it now, as there's a SCOPE college just down the road.
    Racism as such depends on having preconceptions about races, and according values to them accordingly. Dogs don't have those ideas, so aren't racist as such, just under-exposed to differences in humans.
     
  9. AsahiGo

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    Dh's old boxer dog was like this. Got funny around his friends from Jamaica.
    The main thing was old ladies. Dh got dragged across a road because his dog wanted to murder an old woman.
     
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  10. Beth78

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    My old Greyhound was terrified of my dads leather jacket.
    All he had to do was walk into the room with it and she would be a jibbering wreck.
    It was from a charity shop so maybe it had a smell linked to a past trauma.
     
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    Its likely to be due to lack of socialisation as a pup.
     
  12. Blitz

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    Please do not think I am racist but I have an embarrassingly strong sense of smell and I can pick up a different smell from Asians, definitely related to what they eat. Obviously a lot of them eat the same as whites so I would not pick anything up. Worst of all though is farmers, calving and lambing smells and silage smells that get sourer and more disgusting as the day goes on. I cannot even bear the smell of myself sometimes!

    How on earth do you suggest you meet people of all races with a puppy.
     
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    Trips in to town, cafes, general out and aboutness maybe. They wouldn't need to meet tthem, just see and smell them.
     
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    Depends on where you live I suppose.
     
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    Thats not the point . the OP is wondering if her dog of being "racist " and Ive explained a reason why it reacts to certain races.
     
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    Yes good points. We rarely see cops on the beat walking about in this area , so pups dont get much chance to meet them . They can look quite intimidating in their uniform and helmet .
     
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    My dog always used to bark when the theme tune started at the beginning of The Bill. It was quite amusing until one day when a police officer called introducing himself as our new beat Bobby and I invited him in just as The Bill was starting. You can imagine what happened............
     
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    Ha ha, we never see a non white here. There are a small handful of Indians and chinese mostly related to the restaurants but maybe see one once a year in the supermarket and that is it.
     
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    Yes, that's why I made the man in uniform to read the meter come into the garden and have a whole litter of puppies crawl all over him. He looked much smarter when he first arrived but left with dog hair on his trousers, but I think he enjoyed it as much as the pups. And when I saw police out, I'd make a point of taking the pups I'd kept to meet them. You can only ask....
     
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    Oh yes, farmers can well honk. Pig farmers are the worst, the smell seems to get right into them and it doesn't wash off easily. A friend's daughter has gone to work in a pig unit.
     
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