• Feb 7, 2020

Some children are afraid of dogs – someone just is careful, and someone falls into the real hysterics at the sight of the best friend of the person. Why it occurs also what to do if the child is afraid of dogs?

 the Child is afraid of dogs of a photo On a photo: the child is afraid a dog. Photo: huffingtonpost.co.uk

Why children are afraid of dogs

Most often children are afraid of dogs because they to it were taught by parents or other family members to whose opinion kids trust. If the adult at the sight of a dog strains, begins to be nervous, and even to shout at the owner of this dog, the child will copy his actions – and then will begin to feel strong fear.

Sometimes adults intimidate children, telling about what the dog "now as will bite!" and even "will eat". Children perceive everything literally and, naturally, very much are afraid. And you would not be frightened if you saw a man-eating tiger?

Statistically, really were attacked by no more than 2% of children who are afraid of dogs from their party (and it is not necessarily pokusa). Other 98% of phobias are created by the loving adults – in most cases, of course, not purposely, but from it it becomes easier for children not.

Of course, it is necessary to teach children to treat carefully foreign dogs and with understanding – to own, however methods for this purpose should be chosen correct. There are rules, following which, you will secure the child , but at the same time will not create at it a phobia.

But what to do if the phobia was already created, and the child in panic is afraid of dogs?

That CAN not be done if the child is afraid of dogs

There are things which cannot be done at all if your child is afraid of dogs.

  1. It is impossible to deride or ignore fear of the child. The kid needs to help to cope with a phobia.
  2. It is necessary to urge the child "to be afraid" and to persuade "to be courageous". It is not simply useless, but also is harmful as finally undermines self-confidence at your child and forces to feel absolutely worthless.
  3. to Call dogs and their owners, to say that they "angry, disgusting, silly", etc. It only strengthens fear of your successor.
  4. Nervously to react to crying or a hysterics of children, to force to experience again and again fear, telling about a meeting with "terrible dogs". Just it is better to embrace silently the successor and then to distract him.
  5. to Force events in attempt to overcome fear – for example, to violently drag the child shouting for fear to a dog that he got acquainted with a frightening object closer and understood that there is nothing to be afraid. As a rule, the fathers of boys convinced that "the real man is afraid of nothing" so like to arrive. First, it is simply dangerous – the dog can become nervous and frighten the child even more. Secondly, the kid will not get positive experience, but, besides strengthening of fear to dogs, you will undermine confidence of the child to yourself.
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On a photo: the child is afraid a dog. Photo: petmd.com

That can be done if the child is afraid of dogs

First, it is worth understanding what the fear is connected with: whether caused its some events or parents created it by own efforts (and then parents need to change, first of all).

And sometimes the fear is an expression of "bad" feelings of the child, generally rage. If it is correct to express rage and other "bad" feelings in family it is forbidden, the child can quite attribute unconsciously them, for example, to dogs ("they angry and want to do me the harm"), and then to be afraid of them.

in many respects depends On the reason of fears that, how exactly it is overcome.

Are afraid of dogs, generally children of preschool age. Often to years to 8 – 9 panic before dogs passes, but you can help the child to cope with it quicker and more without serious consequences.

The saying is "Like cures like" fair also concerning fear of dogs. But it is necessary to work in this case extremely accurately, consistently and slowly. It is possible to make the program of steps which will help children to get rid of fear of dogs.

  1. Read and tell the child of the fairy tale and a story about dogs and about how they help people.
  2. Together you watch animated cartoons about dogs and then discuss them. Emphasize what good fellows of a dog and as it is good that they come to the rescue of people.
  3. Draw dogs together with the child and then organize exhibitions of drawings.
  4. Together compose stories and tales of kind and faithful dogs.
  5. Buy the child the soft toys representing dogs – but only they have to resemble the real dogs, but not people. On toys it is possible to train correctly to interact with dogs.
  6. you Watch movies with participation of dogs and discuss them.
  7. Play "Transformation into animals". It is better if in the beginning as a dog you act, and then the role of a dog will be tried on on himself by the child and will speak from her face.
  8. Watch dogs from distance, safe, comfortable for the child, discuss their behavior and language of a body. It is very important to reduce a distance to dogs gradually so that not to frighten the child.
  9. Communicate with friendly, but at the same time reserved dogs in a safe situation. The restraint of a dog in this case is not less important, than friendliness. If the enthusiastic puppy for the best, for example, jumps to lick the child, not ready to it, in a face, all previous efforts on overcoming fear can fail.
  10. If you, and the child are ready to it, it is possible to get a puppy. But surely teach the child to interact correctly with a dog and to treat her kindly.

Monitor reaction of the child and you pass to the following item only when previous does not cause in the kid anything, except positive emotions.

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On a photo: child and puppy. Photo: dogtime.com

Children and dogs not just can exist on one planet – they are capable to become the best friends! And a lot of things (if not all) depend on you here.

If are not sure of the forces, it is possible to address for consultation the competent psychologist who will help you and your child to overcome fear.

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