Racism and Puppy Training

puppy trainingI signed Miss Riley Annabelle up for puppy training, since she is a little monster dressed in fuzzy fox’s clothing. At the first class, we were given this handout on things that a puppy needs to be introduced to. Notice the bottom, left hand corner.

I have so many questions.

  • Did the Caucasian instructor think anything of this when she handed it to my Asian husband?
  • Is said husband “Asian” or “Oriental”? I mean, WHAT? Why does it even say that? What is the difference, other than one term is socially acceptable and the other is not? I don’t even know where to begin.
  • Is this really necessary? Aren’t dogs mostly color blind? Don’t they really just see primarily in shades? Why doesn’t it say to introduce my dog to a blond and a brunette, if this is necessary?
  • Racism insanity aside, am I really supposed to go find horses and turtles, and take my puppy to the airport and a sporting event? Are puppies allowed in the Moda Center now, and I’m just out of the loop?

rileyI kind of skipped this homework. I just don’t even know what to say. It is true Riley is afraid of everything, but this list is kind of blowing my mind.

Am I overreacting?