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Fear of black men?

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My friend just recently rescued a pit bull from her work who is about 2-3 years old. He is very friendly and sweet towards everyone and extremely well trained, but seems very scared of grown black men.

Is there any way to desensitize dogs who are afraid like this? We are assuming that the dog was probably treated pretty poorly prior to his foster mom rescuing him from the pound.

My friend is really bummed out because the man that this dog is afraid of may become her new roommate soon, and she doesn't want to have to give dog back to the rescue organization or continue to traumatize it by having him over there every day.
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Thanks for your replies, everyone. I just went over to my friend's house today to drop off some stuff, and her dog is doing much better. Now that the dog is settled in, he's a little more accepting of my friend's roommate to be and other men in general. He even let Manuel (that's the guy he was super afraid of) give him a treat yesterday, so that's promising. I'll forward my friend the link to this thread and tell her about the fearfuldogs.com website.

Thanks all so much!
Well thank you again for everyone who answered my questions. I will not be checking this thread anymore, as it seems to have turned to a discussion of racism/non racism. If any of you have any more suggestions and you're now tuning in, please PM me! Thanks.
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