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tell your friends
by: Sarah

to the person who is going to the party at their friends house, you have to tell your friend. Explain to your friend that it's not a choice, it's not something you control. I find that, most people just have absolutely NO idea what it's like and so they think you're being a princess and get offended.

Ask your friend if they can please keep the dog away from you - if they're a real friend they should be able to support you.

The main thing is, just don't be afraid to admit it. It's very very embarrassing (good lord I KNOW all about it) but until you start being honest with yourself - it's a phobia, not something you have chosen - you're always going to be embarrassed about it.

When's the last time you met someone who is arachnaphobic (spiders) who is *embarrassed* by being afraid of spiders?? Exactly, it's almost viewed as cute just because it's socially acceptable.

Be brave honey, and realise that you're exactly the same as someone who is phobic of spiders, it's just that your phobia is understood by less people.

You're NOT a freak!
by: Sarah

I was kind of relieved to read your story. I'm in exactly the same boat.

I think the worst bit is that people think it's funny or look at you like there's something wrong with you - it couldn't possibly be their iddy ickle fluff-buddy now, could it?? It makes me so mad! But so embarrassed too.

The one that I also get a lot is: "Oh, you don't like dogs??". Eh, no. That's not what I said. I said I am PHOBIC. I like dogs, they're wonderful animals, I just need 'em on a leash or behind a big ole fence in order to feel comfortable.
Anyway, enough about me. I'm 32 now, and have found that through constant exposure, it's getting easier.
That said, I still do ANYTHING in my power to avoid walking through a park. Literally, I have never in my life been to a park on my own.

I've heard that neuro-linguistic programming or behavioural therapy can help. I've tried either yet because when I have time I have no money, and when I have money I have no time!! :o)

Good luck, and please just keep reminding yourself:
- you are NOT a freak

- dog owners who laugh at you are SELFISH and IGNORANT

- make sure your friends understand the extent of your issues, don't hide it like I used to (my boyfriend is *amazing*). Your friends can be your support and help you feel protected when you're confronted by someone else's out of control dog (even if the woof-beastie really does only want to play).

stay strong! xoxo

by: Anonymous

Yeah I know how you feel. I am deathly terrified of dogs and my friends always laugh at me whenever I see a dog and run away. That's why I try not to tell my friends anymore, and I try to keep it a secret. But it is really hard, and I'm going to a party at my friend's house today, and she has a huge labrador retriever and I'm terrified about what I'm going to do if it comes near me or jumps on me as soon as I walk through the door. I'm also afraid of my friends laughing at me again. Any suggestions?

fear of dogs.
by: Anonymous

i was just reading your comment about your fear of dogs & im glad to find someone who is scared of them as much as me, i thought i was reading my own comment! people just find it funny when i run away from dogs but they just dont understand how scared i am of them, family have told me to try being hypnotized & i see you have had this done, how much effect did it have? also friends have mentioned acupunction which i am also going to try!

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