Our boxer (1 yr old) has had 3 different "freak out" moments over the kids down the street playing outside. I don't know if he is afraid of kids in general or if its just because they are a different color skin than hubby and I. I really don't know what to do about it but I am extremely worried because we want to start a familiar soon. I hope I do not offend anybody with this post but I feel like we have a real problem and need some guidance. Here goes.... Hubby and I are white and mostly all that our boxer has ever been around is our family that comes over who are also white. Our boxer is very lovey on people, very hyper but just wants to love. He has not had a lot of exposure to kids except at the dog park and he's more interested in the dogs he's playing with than the kids. My husband has told me he's starting to get very startled by the black kids down the street when they are out playing. He doesn't know if its because they are black, or if its the loud sounds of the kids running around playing.... But he freaks out and hauls ass. ( he's on a 6ft leash so he can't go too far but he's been trained to walk with manners, right by our side so this is not like him at all) The reason I'm wonderiing if its black people that scare him is because we had a couple come to our house once and they wanted to pet him but he cowardly backed down and tried to hide. I instantly stepped in and dismissed the petting. He has never ever acted that way towards any human before and it really worried me. He was obviously uncomfortable and i did not want to push him and have him react badly to the situation. If its black people he's scared of, how do I fix it???? If its kids in general that he's afraid of, how do I prepare him for an infant coming into our home??? I am so incredibly scared of losing our boxer because of him putting our child in danger. I want everything to work out and want to have a well rounded dog. We did two sets of obedience classes and he goes to the dog park. We feel like he's been given positive exposure but now all of a sudden he's this big scared baby. Very worried.