Overcoming the Fear of Dogs and Ensuring the Safety of Children

golden retreiverThere’s nothing more lovable than a dog, and many people grow up having one in the house. They’re an accepted part of most societies, enjoying a status that most other animals never enjoy.Even with the high level of acceptance or even love humans have with dogs, there are still some people who are deathly afraid of them.

These are the people who stay far away from a shop with a Golden Retriever dog for sale. These are also the same people who won’t enter a house with a dog in it, even if the animal is just a puppy.What are the driving factors behind such powerful fears? When do they start, and is there any way to overcome them?

All Kids are Different

Child psychologists think that fear of animals, specifically dogs, start when a child is young. Depending the circumstances of a child’s early development, they can display personalities and behavior differently. Some children like adventure and doing new things, while there are some who actually don’t like change and stay firmly within their shell.

The second group is the most vulnerable to developing a fear of anything actually; dogs can be just one of them. The best way to be able curb a potential fear of dogs is to allow such children to become accustomed with dogs in proximity.

Toddler Psychology

Parents should remember, the initial trepidation shy toddlers have with animals is because they’re something “new,” not because they’re dogs. If a child can become accustomed to dogs so that they no longer become “new,” then the fear of them would never materialize.

The problem isn’t justwith shy children, though; even energetic children can develop a fear of dogs if they get into an unfortunate scuffle with one. Most children marvel at meeting a new dog, and won’t hesitate to give it a hug. This doesn’t always end well for the child, and lawsuits start flying. Nevertheless, if the dog acted aggressively toward a child, shouldn’t the dog owner alone be responsible?

Dogs Need Their Space

Children routinely do many of the things dogs consider rude.Staring straight in their eyes is challenging; screaming, yelling and flailing their arms might make a dog think that there’s danger nearby or that the children themselves are the threat.

It’s not only dogs that need to learn how to interact with children, but children also need to learn how to interact with dogs.