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Old 10-02-18, 04:35 PM
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Scared to death of dogs

I can't even touch them be around them and I don't know why. Anyone have the same problem or know how I can resolve this?
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Yes I was always so afraid of dogs. I'd run if there was one more than 20 metres away.

I solved the problem by getting a german shepherd puppy and then I discovered that the majority of dogs are just sooks. That was 20 years ago and I now have a lab. Once you have a dog you learn to read dogs so it's easier to tell the friendlies from the unfriendlies.
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Re: Scared to death of dogs

Pet stores often have like an adoption day I think once a week or month where you can just visit with pets without having to commit to buying them. You can get incrementally larger exposure to dogs that way. They are often puppies so are less intimidating too.
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I can't even touch them be around them and I don't know why. Anyone have the same problem or know how I can resolve this?
Maybe, try going to the animal shelter. They are caged, you can feel safe, monitor and learn their behavior at your own pace. I think you will find most are anxious for your love and attention and not out to do you harm.

I think with more controlled exposure to dogs you can resolve this. Facing your fears is usually the only way to get past them.
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