'There's a reason why people think dogs are racist', says animal behaviourist

'There's a reason why people think dogs are racist', says dog behaviourist

Stan Rawlinson says dogs can appear racist (Stock image)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Dogs can appear to be "racist" but it's actually got nothing to do with racism, according to a dog behaviourist.

This week a man named Mark Meechan has been convicted of hate crime, after uploading a video online of a dog lifting up its paw in response to phrases such as "gas the Jews," appearing as if the dog is doing a Nazi salute.

Dog behaviourist Stan Rawlinson told Mike Graham: "A lot of people think you can [have 'racist' dogs] and there's a reason for it.

"A very large percentage of dogs can have a certain problem with certain people from certain countries in particular with skin with a very dark background, but it has nothing to do with racism.

"They can’t see the body language or facial expressions on a very dark background.

"A dog's language is primarily body language and they learn that from the play with other puppies."

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