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Thank you for reaching out to us about your concern. Having a fear of dogs is so common and so valid. I can understand you’re coming from. It’s okay for you to take your time with becoming desensitized to them. The fact that you are willing to change and work on your fear itself is progress!.....
Thank you for reaching out to us about your concern. Having a fear of dogs is so common and so valid. I can understand you’re coming from. It’s okay for you to take your time with becoming desensitized to them. The fact that you are willing to change and work on your fear itself is progress!
There are different ways of coping with your phobia. Firstly, I encourage you to reflect on what about dogs scares you. Is it that they can bite, or that they may lick you, or that they may smell you. It can be anything. Try to write these down in a list. Then look at pictures of dogs of all kinds. Start with the small ones and further go onto looking at bigger, furrier dogs and see how you feel. You can also watch videos of them.
Further, once you’re comfortable with virtual media of dogs, try to schedule a time with your friend who has a trusted dog. It’s important to be around a pet of a friend or family member in a trusted and comfortable environment. Tell your friend how scared you are of dogs. Ensure she is aware that you have a phobia that way she can keep the dog near her or on a leash.
Visit her, take a few deep breaths before entering the house and then keep breathing deeply. Initially, just be around the dog from a distance and gradually go closer when you feel comfortable. If you don’t feel ready to pat him/her even go near him/her, that’s completely okay. The fact that you will be present in the same room is enough.
Remember, overcoming a phobia is a process which involves work and resilience. It’s okay if you take your time. Don’t rush yourself into it. Tackle the fear in a systematic and rational manner and just keep breathing through it.
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