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Featured How to overcome dog phobia

Discussion in 'General Autism Discussion' started by Ephraim Becker, Feb 21, 2021.

  1. paloftoon

    paloftoon Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Cynophobia (the Fear of Dogs): Are You Cynophobic?
    This website seems to have some good advice. Rather than face a dog head-on as some are suggesting, seek CBT where you keep a journal and you may start out by being exposed to a picture or a video of a dog. Gradually over time, you would progress to perhaps a toy dog and then an actual dog.
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  2. PinkPenguin29

    PinkPenguin29 Active Member

    May 24, 2020
    I also used to be scared of dogs, I haven't bothered to read other comments so please excuse me if others have suggested this. I recommend some slow exposure, start with being around dogs that are a size that's just barely within your comfort zone,
    I met a big dog breed as a puppy and that really helped me get over some hurdles with that particular breed.
    One thing I have found over the years is that i'm much more likely to be bit by a little dog than a big dog, at least by big dogs owned by my friends and family, because big dogs in secure homes tend to be really sweet and friendly, and some cases really shy. I once housesat a mastiff who was more scared of me then me of her and so being around her really helped me get comfy around big dogs.
  3. phoenixu

    phoenixu New Member

    Oct 20, 2020
    well you see that's the thing they realistically wont if its a domesticated dog
  4. _eri_bellehumeur

    _eri_bellehumeur Active Member

    Oct 30, 2020
    I think one of the best ways to overcome phobias is through exposure. It may be helpful to visit a small, local pet shop (usually less busy, so more responsible for Covid) near you where you could safely watch and maybe interact with dogs in a controlled environment. Alternatively, watching lots of cute dog videos, and videos of aggressive dog behaviours so you know what behaviour to be wary of.
    Dogs very rarely bite without reason or warning unless they've been trained to be attack dogs, or have been abused. If you are being invited over, I'm sure the dog is friendly, so may jump up on you or bark excitedly, so be prepared for that as a possibility. Speaking to your friend in advance and explaining the situation may help them ensure that you and the dog can meet in a more relaxed way (for example, the dog is maybe on a leash so if you feel uncomfortable, the dogs human can pull them away from you easier).
  5. Streetwise

    Streetwise Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

    Dec 6, 2016
    The idea with phobia is the panic is the worst !so try first looking at a picture of a dog ,then a video of dogs, then with another person go to a place where there are dogs, watch them, do each activity until you are not hyperventilating definitely look for Torah verses on fear psalms has a lot
  6. harrietjansson

    harrietjansson Well-Known Member

    Oct 17, 2019
    how can people want to live with these animals? it's so confusing to me!
    the issue I think is: dogs only have their animal instinct. You have to be like an animal when being with dogs and with some humans as well. If you're bad a body language then dogs are difficult. If you are the leat anxious they may become really upset. Luckily, there are dogs who do not become upset and just want to help you.
    I don't understand how people say that aspies are supposed to be good with animals. Perhaps they think that aspies are good with body language.
    Perhaps aspies have a body language like an animal rather than a human?
  7. Kalinychta

    Kalinychta Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2019
    Dogs make me nervous, too. You never know how well-trained they are or if they’ve been trained at all. Seems like most people who keep dogs don’t bother. I like dogs, but I also think they’re extremely gross—they stink, they slobber, they jump on you with dirty paws, they defecate everywhere... Yucky.