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I have a fear of dogs, what should I do?

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Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Fear

Perhaps you were once bitten of frieghtened by a dog or for some other reason you have developed an overriding fear. Ask a friend who has a cuddly small dog to help you de-condition your fear by gradual exposure to the dog, make sure the dog is on a lease and ask your friend what treats the dog likes.
Approach slowly, bending down, pat under his chin and slowly give a treat. Practice often.

In brief: Fear

Perhaps you were once bitten of frieghtened by a dog or for some other reason you have developed an overriding fear. Ask a friend who has a cuddly small dog to help you de-condition your fear by gradual exposure to the dog, make sure the dog is on a lease and ask your friend what treats the dog likes.
Approach slowly, bending down, pat under his chin and slowly give a treat. Practice often.
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
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Mahek Shah
General Practice
2 doctors agree

In brief: Dogs fear

Avoid contact with them initially and with some support from friends, try to figure out why you might have this fear (trauma, etc.
) and when you're ready, slowly re-acclimate to them. Maybe going to a dog park or find your best friend's dog that you know is sweet and nice, nothing to be scared of. Good luck. Perhaps contact therapy dogs international to get exposure to well behaved dogs initially.

In brief: Dogs fear

Avoid contact with them initially and with some support from friends, try to figure out why you might have this fear (trauma, etc.
) and when you're ready, slowly re-acclimate to them. Maybe going to a dog park or find your best friend's dog that you know is sweet and nice, nothing to be scared of. Good luck. Perhaps contact therapy dogs international to get exposure to well behaved dogs initially.
Mahek Shah
Mahek Shah
Answer assisted by Mahek Shah, Medical Student
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Dr. Howard Gurr
Clinical Psychology

In brief: VRT for Phobias

Phobias and anxieties respond well to Virtual Reality Therapy(VRT).
VRT is exposure therapy in a safe environment. The research suggests VRT is 90% effective. Seek out a therapist who uses VRT in your area. You can find providers through www.psious.com, www.limbix.com, or www.virtuallybetter.com.

In brief: VRT for Phobias

Phobias and anxieties respond well to Virtual Reality Therapy(VRT).
VRT is exposure therapy in a safe environment. The research suggests VRT is 90% effective. Seek out a therapist who uses VRT in your area. You can find providers through www.psious.com, www.limbix.com, or www.virtuallybetter.com.
Dr. Howard Gurr
Dr. Howard Gurr
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: CBT for some works

In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more focused on the present, more time-limited, and more problem-solving oriented.
In addition, patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors.

In brief: CBT for some works

In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more focused on the present, more time-limited, and more problem-solving oriented.
In addition, patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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