Dogs: Help Your Child Overcome a Fear of Dogs (cont.)

Overcoming a Fear of Dogs: Time is On Your Side

Little Carly is still taking a wait-and-see approach to dogs. "I just asked her what she thinks about them," says mom, Laura, "and she says that dogs are 'too wild, and remember that time one bit my dress?'" But Carly is getting better, mom says. She used to be scared of kittens too, but now has a full-on 5-year-old's obsession with them.

Allowing nature to take its course -- that may one of the best tips on how to help your child overcome a fear of dogs.

SOURCES: Tracy A. Dennis, PhD, associate professor, department of psychology, Hunter College, The City University of New York, New York, N.Y.

Linda P. Case, MS, adjunct assistant professor, University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine; Author "The Cat: Its Behavior, Nutrition, and Health," Co-author of "Canine and Feline Nutrition.

Renee Payne, CPDT, certified pet dog trainer, co-author, Be a Dog's Best Friend.

Colleen Pelar, CPDT, CDBC, certified pet dog trainer, certified dog behavior consultant, author Living with Kids and Dogs ... Without Losing Your Mind.

Reviewed on November 18, 2009

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