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Fear of dogs

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Copyinte

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I’m ashamed to admit this, but I’m terrified of dogs. I can’t go near one without having some sort of mild panic attack. I’ve been doing a good job of avoiding one at all costs expect this past weekend, I was walking from my apartment to the mechanics to pick my car up, and from out of nowhere this dog starts barking at me (it was tied to a tree) but it scared me and loudly yelled “F*** you stupid dog!”
I’ve told those close to me about my fear and everyone (except for my mom who shares the same fear) always tell me to “get over it” or “it’s just dogs being dogs why are you so upset?”. I even had a co worker flat ask me once if I was retarded.......
It also became a driving wedge that ended my last relationship.
Am I a terrible person for feeling this way? I sure feel that way
 
LORD BURT

LORD BURT

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I used to have a cat and dog phobia as a child. Dogs used to terrify me.

IDK why.

I know how scary and stressful it can be. Wish you well dear.
 
InfiniteRectangles

InfiniteRectangles

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Georgia, USA
My sister had a huge fear of dogs for many years. She was attacked by one when she was little and was terrified to even hear a dog in the distance. Over time, things got better for her. She started forcing herself to be around small, calm dogs and then gradually worked her way up to bigger and more hyper dogs. It was terrifying for her, and really hard for her to get to the place she is now, but I think if you really want to get over your fear of dogs you might have to expose yourself to them. Slowly, obviously. Don't go straight to the big, loud dogs. My sister started with our grandmother's little dog. Do you know anyone who has a dog? Can you put yourself in the same room with that dog as long as there's someone there to hold the dog so it can't hurt you? Or maybe have a dog in the room next to you where you can see it but it can't get to you? That might be a good place to start. I assure you that you are not a terrible person for feeling the way you do. Everyone has something they are afraid of. I'm terrified of lots of things. But I think that over time, things might get better for you. Even if you can't touch a dog or be around one for long periods of time, maybe you can get to a place where you can handle seeing them in public on a leash where they can't hurt you.
 
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woomcha

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Oregon
It doesn't make you a terrible person, no. Dogs, especially big ones, can be really scary. My only advice would be to one day, get a therapy dog. Therapy dogs are silent, loving, attentive, and knowing. They can sense when you're scared, and they've been trained to adapt. They won't hurt you, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Idk. A dog trained to be calm and loving may just be your best bet.
 
curlydinopig

curlydinopig

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Although I do not have any bad experiences with dogs, I am scared of them regardless of their sizes. Recently I am dealing with it because of my partner's love for dogs.

So I watched the YouTube video: "How To Get Rid Of Fear of Dogs - Fast Easy Dog Phobia Cure" yesterday. Anyone experienced with this cure, what do you think of it? I am interested to know.
 
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