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Fear (phobia) of dogs- any advise ?

  • 30-05-2022 4:46pm
    Registered Users Posts: 3 Bluemamma

    Hi all, this is my first ever post, not sure if this is the right place. Has anyone got over a fear of dogs and can offer some help/advise?im 39yo and have a terrible fear of pit bulls and similar breads which affects my quality of life. I avoid parks, beaches- anywhere with a possibility of seeing dangerous breeds. A simple trip to Bray takes a lot out of me. If I see a pit bull up close, for example on a narrow pathway where I can’t escape I have something that resembles a panic attack. I sort of blackout, freeze and can’t catch a breath. I have 2 toddlers and I’m scared of taking them to a park or any open spaces, I do of course take them (never alone though) but it drains me mentally:(

    no, I have never been attacked by any dog but I have read/heard horrible stories so I suppose the fear came from there


  • Registered Users Posts: 21,559 ✭✭✭✭ Esel

    My personal experiences (either walking with dog or alone) is that any similar dog I have met has been friendly.

    You could contact a rescue organisation to see if they could help you with a de-sensitisation session or two.

    Also, I would advise you to post in the Pets & Pet Care forum where you are likely to get good advice too.

    Not your ornery onager