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This sounds stupid but I'm deathly afraid of dogs and canines in general

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Driftwood_Sandcat

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I don't know how or why I have this phobia. I had a dog growing up and I loved him. The phobia only developed after he died. I get panic attacks thinking about dogs and every time the dog next door barks I feel weak. I see that most people love dogs but I can't be near them or I'll have a bad panic attack
 
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bpd2020

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It does not sound stupid at all. Phobias are out of our control and we cannot help having them. I am sorry your fear of dogs is causing you distress. I know some people have overcome phobias by having therapy. Maybe that is something you could consider.
 
Mal84

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Not stupid at all. No phobias are stupid, we can’t control them.

I’ve heard that for phobias some people do CBT work to help. Other therapies are available as well :)
 
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rei

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Its okay, I feel that my phobias are stupid too, I have a terrible phobia of insects and fire, which I have no idea how it happened. Therapies should be helpful! I believe you can get through this.
 
Lavender_Rose

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My neighbor was extremely scared of dogs, I think she has gotten used to them a lot now. Only if a dog runs up on her does it seem to bother her. But I think it took some time of being around them to really get her through the phobia.
 
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Rebeca1

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I'm afraid of dogs your not been stupid.
Some dogs are dangerous that's why I am afraid. Little dogs don't bother me tho.
 
jajingna

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My guess is that your fear of dogs is more common than you or I know. There's a bunch in my neighborhood and they're all barkers. Sometimes it rattles me and I dislike the walk to and from the store because of that barking. I don't see what's so loveable about that behavior, sometimes dogs are jerks.
 
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