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Old 02-19-09, 04:14 PM   #1
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hiya,

Sorry not really sure if this is the right place but i didn't know where to put it..
I've never liked dogs and have allways had a slight fear of them but now it's really got out of hand..
I walk down the road see a dog barking and have a mini panic attack...i don't know why i just do....i'm just afraid of being attacked i think.,...
i'm supposed to be going to uni in september but i don't know how i'm gonna cope if this gets anyworse...

any suggestions on how to solve this?

thanks!
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Old 02-21-09, 03:16 PM   #2
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Is your anxiety limited to dogs? I mean do other situations make you anxious?
Was there something in your past where a god was involved?
I get nervous sometimes if a strange dog is coming my way, especially if it is a big one!
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Old 02-22-09, 01:50 AM   #3
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I can't really say I've had experience being scared of dogs... mainly because I love them to death and I have had dogs my whole life and even work with dogs now.

My suggestion to you would be to buy one and see how amazing they really are. Make sure that if you do this that you buy it from a puppy and raise it.

It is true that some people's dogs can be mean, but the majority are happy, balanced pets, waiting for affection and a good sniff of your clothes. Animals only behave how they are raised..

My dogs really are an immense part of my life. The furriness; the sweet, loyal eyes that look up at you while they wag their tails.... how they greet you every day like it's the most important mission in the world. They make me laugh like I need to: an honest laugh, one that isn't filled with fear of being judged, but pure, care-free joy.

And the best part? They know it.

They do such silly things just to make us laugh or feel better.
You could be the most helpless person in the world and they wouldn't care.. as long as they have you.

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can't really buy a dog...i live at home and i'm hopfully going to uni in sept plus i would be too scared to go into my own home....

well i have a fear of people i don't know in the street kinda but it's not that bad....
also have a real phobia of jelly fish in the sea...fine if they're in an aquarium or something but i hate going near the beach abroad!
hmm....well i've been charged at a couple of times by dogs...think the main thing is i don't like things jumping at me! which every dog i've ever known does....also mainly i'm not used to them..give me a cat and i'm fine but i've had cats around me all my life...

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I'm sorry I couldn't help much.. I realize how difficult that would be for you now that I think on it.

I have a phobia of crickets and grasshoppers well.. all insects really, but those two really take the cake. I also am terrified at the fact that those bugs can jump at you, so I understand how you feel.

Oh I know! I'm scared of jellyfish too. Well, being around one, anyway.. I think they are cool just to watch on an Animal Planet show, or something similar to that.

I really hope things work out for you :)
Oh, and I was thinking; I don't know if you've ever heard of it, but it's a show on Animal Planet called "The Dog Whisperer".

It's a really good show about a guy, Ceasar Milan, who trains people to deal with unruly pets. Maybe it might make you feel a little more comfortable around dogs if you know how they think? The guy really explains everything well.

Well, that was just a thought anyway. :) Best of luck to you!!
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I have always had a "fear" of dogs. Naturally a small dog is not going to strike fear into me physically, but I just don't like them and I can't explain it. I think cats are far superior an animal. They do not stay loyal to a cruel owner, they will leave. Dogs sadly, will often stay and suffer.
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I have always had a "fear" of dogs. Naturally a small dog is not going to strike fear into me physically, but I just don't like them and I can't explain it. I think cats are far superior an animal. They do not stay loyal to a cruel owner, they will leave. Dogs sadly, will often stay and suffer.
I agree 100%.
Love cats. hate dogs.
I think it's because we had a really crazy dalmation when I was a kid, that attacked people at random and finally had to be put to sleep.
I'm never going to like any dogs. I've accepted this.
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Yeah I have no problem with hating dogs.
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Dogs normally won't bother you if you don't bother them. If you are scared of a particular dog just don't make eye contact, and walk past it. if it runs up to you you just stand still like a tree with arms by your side in fists and ignore it. Whatever you do, DON'T run. Dogs jump up on people usually in a happy greeting, they just are excited to see you, and haven't been trained very well. I believe the issue here isn't the dog but your panic attacks so you would treat this the same way you would with any other panic attack, slowly remove yourself from the situation and breath in slow, deep breaths. Or however you've been instructed by your doctors and councilors on how to treat panic attacks.
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