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People who are scared of dogs...even though they own a dog?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by classixuk, Jun 3, 2010.


  1. classixuk

    classixuk PetForums VIP

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    Hi guys,

    Just thought I'd let you know that this woman and her husband have started walking in our lovely park.

    She comes in (on both occasions I've met her this week) with a Westie (around 4 or 5yrs old maybe).

    The problem is though, she is terrified of any dog that is bigger than hers. If any of our dogs are with us enjoying their walk when she comes in, she just freezes like a statue and starts screaming "can you get your dog on a lead please?"

    None of us have bothered to be honest. Our dogs are fine, and it's obviously her with the problem. She'll get over it I guess, in time.

    But have any of you ever met anyone who owns a dog, yet is scared of dogs?

    :confused1:
     
  2. Clare7435

    Clare7435 PetForums VIP

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    Yup...Me....which is why I got Fizz in the first place.Not now but back before I had Fizz
    It's the age old boring story but I'll tell it anyway.When I was about 7 or 8 my brother and I where playing in the back garden of a neighbour with their grandkids, they had 2 huge German Sheps who where kept behind a fence with a metal hoop keeping the gate glosed. One day they rattled the fence that much the hoop came loose and they got out, my brother and I ran and they chased us, looking back they probably thought we where playing but they jumped up and scratched and snapped at our backs, they towerd above us and we where terrified....left with huge scratch marks down our backs.....well after that dogs terrified me,the only one I would go near is our pet dog sheba, as I got older and had my own kids it became obvious that it was rubbing off on my own kids because they where all terrified of dogs, I'd cross the road to avoid dogs, so when the chance of rescuing Fizz came up I decided that it would be a great idea to use the oppertunity to get the kids and myself used to being around dogs, and it was a huge success.....My friend has a huge German shep who is a lot taller than me when stood up and I get along with her lovely now.....The woman at the park will get used to other dogs if she wants to, all I can say is that if she is that scared of bigger dogs then she really shouldnt go on the park, it isn't fair on others, if she's willing to try then fair enough, because it does take time but telling everyone to keep their dogs away isnt the answer because in doing this she'll only project her fear on the dogs.
     
  3. Freyja

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    When I was young we had a JRT one day I was walking him when he was attacked by a racing greyhound. It grabbed him and his fang went into his head it must have just missed his brain as he recovered and was ok.

    After that I would cross the road if I saw a greyhound even if I didn't have a dog with me. I was terrified of them. I wasn't bothered about any other type of dog but greyhoudns you'd not get me anywere near them.

    Years later I had the whippets and then went on to own my own greyhound William then Button arrived too.
     
  4. theevos5

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    ye i am still to an extent scared of some dogs.Was always frightened as a child because in those days most dogs were off lead and I had a bad experience with one dog when I was walking home from school.Anyway to cut a long story short I was petrified and have worked very hard to conquer my fears and most days cope great,having Alfie has helped immmensley,I always go to busy places to walk him and make the effort to go up to other people with dogs to help him socialise,but yesterday whilst taking him for a walk a german shepard had escaped from a garden in my street and came charging up to us and I must admit I have never been so terrified in all my life!It followed us home and I literally ran into my house and shook with fear,even though it had not been aggressive in any way,it sat on my doorstep for ages and I was so scared-now it seems irrational but yesterday brought back all those childhood fears.
     
  5. Fuzzbugs!x

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    We have the opposite effect lol - they are over loved here, everyone thinks they're just big teddy bears because they know them. When we've went to different places though we've had some problems with people being terrified of hudson and telling us hes on the dangerous dogs list ect :rolleyes:. I was badly attacked by a dog before but i think i've been around them too long to have been overly bothered lol! x
     
  6. sequeena

    sequeena PetForums VIP

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    I've not met anyone like that but I do understand it.

    They may have been attacked by a large dog in the past or she's just over reacting and worried about her little westie.

    I certainly understand it but think it's a little strange (especially in a dog park where there will be lots of different dogs).
     
  7. Bearpaw

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    I think its down to experiences and lack of confidence.
    I was also attacked as ikkle child by a GSD (just playing in the park,totally unprovoked etc) and i did spend very many years being incredibly wary of them.However my daughter got one(she is the opposite and adores them!) when she was old enough to own her own dog,and we worked through my issues.
    I guess some people dont get the chance to work through their issues and reasons for their fears,which is a real shame.
    I also know some people that are scared of little dogs!
    Funnily enough im a bit like that with horses too,even though they been a part of my life,in one way or another,for all my life!! and its got worse as iv got older lol!!( and im sure all horsey people will think thats weird too lol)
    So i try to be sensitive to peoples' fears and always check that people are ok with my dogs off lead etc.
     
  8. alaun

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    It is something we experience a lot unfortunately. I think people just see the sheer size of a wolfhound and panic. Either that or they think she will eat their little dog. They pick up their dogs which she just finds handy - she can sniff the bum without having to bend :D Only joking, we do keep her away from panicky people.
     
  9. ToddyxxMillie

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    im still scared of Staffies i never was before toddys accident. I still get nightmares now just seeing Toddy limp in this staffies mouth looking at me like "Please help me mum". Im getting beta but i prefer if when i see staffies that they are on their lead it still scares me when i see them running towards us. Staffies the only dog im scared off mastiffs etc dont so yes it all goes on past experiences but i think i will eventually will be ok with them.:)
     
  10. Zaros

    Zaros Pet Forums, P/resident Evil

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    Always! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
  11. JANICE199

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    Just a thought classix, is she afraid of the dogs,or afraid for her own little one?:D:D
     
  12. cavmad

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    I'm scared of Great Danes i know they are soft and gentle but i get all clammy and freeze if i see one. When i was about 6 i was walking the dogs with my mum and in the woods i was holding our old dogs lead as she wasnt allowed off. Tess got her leg over the lead i bent down and untangled her and when i looked up there was a huge black dog looking down at me. It didnt do anything just stared,it might not have even been a dane but i cant go near them which was difficult as i worked in kennels and had to find someone else to do them
     
  13. PurpleCrow

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    I've been bitten and been around very aggressive dogs but they dont scare me at all, one coming at me teeth bared would obviously scare me but its the individual animals, not the breed or size that I'm wary of. Other than when I was bitten (I was young and it was my fault) I havent had any problems with dogs, maybe its because I dont smell of fear that they dont try anything? No idea.

    Also have no idea if I'm making sense this morning lol!
     
  14. catz4m8z

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    I bet there are lots of people like this. You just dont see them coz they wont be walking anywhere near you and your dog!!:lol:
     
  15. Starlite

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    my Brother-in-laws mum has a bichon frise and yet is terrified of dogs :confused1:

    It took her about 10 meetings with Shorty before she finally petted her and this included when Shorty went straight on her back asking for a belly rub (deadly eh lol?)

    SHe says she knows her own dog and can trust it but doesnt know how a strange dog will act, which is fair enough imo.

    Ive been bitten by a rough collie, a GSD and 2 staffs and i still think they're all luvly :001_wub:

    Im a blame the deed not the breed kinda person, if i can give humans a chance then why not dogs lol? :D
     
  16. Miss.PuddyCat

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    My mom is petrified of dogs (large ones mainly) she will RUN across the road at the sight of a large dog. She was attacked by a rough collie and when she was younger her mom owned a moody dog and then we had Dutch as a kid and my mom admitted she was scared of Dutch. My brother was also bitten by a rough collie and was chased and then attacked by a pitbull/cross.


    We are planing on getting another dog but it does limit my choices to what my mom would be comfortable with. We are planing on going to a small dog show in the summer and the largest dog they have is Irish wolf hound and Scottish deerhound.
     
  17. flufffluff39

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    I have eight dogs and I am terrified of the bigger ones. It all stems from when a bloodhound bitch and she was :lol: bit me on the face when I was getting her water dish. Did'nt get any sympathy from the owners :(
    I had to sit in my brother-in-laws house the other day and he has a dog de bordeau I shite myself as he headed straight for me. I wish animals did'nt love me so much as I had to tickle his rump for about an hour :lol: but seriously I know I have a problem and give off the wrong signals around big dogs but how would I get over it???
     
  18. Jenny Olley

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    being a dog trainer I've met loads of people who are frightened of dogs, unfortunately this limits their socialisation, so they often end up with dog aggressive dogs.
     
  19. flufffluff39

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    Naar my dogs love other dogs. I am ok out with them but seeing my brother-in-laws mastiff on my own I felt trapped sitting down I was thinking how to get out of the room!! All these things and he only wanted a tickle but I could still feel my self cringing when he was turning and making noises. I wanted to stand up and be taller than him but thought I would look stupid if I suddenly got up so put up with the fear instead.
     
  20. Jackie99

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    Yes its their dog I feel sorry for, just makes them feel as if theres something to be on alert for/protective of and therefore it never gets to mix properly with other dogs. It also makes my dog a bit 'wtf' when we are passing people like that who are trying to climb the wall or do anything just to get away :confused: Surely they must see they are causing a negative reaction in their dog and remaining calm would help.
     
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