My 20mth old son is petrified of dogs, how can i get him out of this?

Nicola - posted on 08/21/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My mum has Just got a husky x German shepard, my son cries everytime the dog goes near him. My mum got the dog so we could get my boy used to dogs and so he's not scared of them. would love to get one myself but i havent got the time to train one. can any one help dont want him scared of dogs i grew up loving dogs.

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DAWN - posted on 08/21/2009

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buy him some stuffed dogs and let him watch movies featuring friendly dogs. Take him to the pet store so he can see the pups playing. Try to keep him away from those small little jumpy shits like shitzus and chihuahuas , they will just jump all over him and are way to hyper.

Victoria Louise - posted on 08/21/2009

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Well naturally babies are not born with fear built into their little brains. It is a learnt behaviour. So basically your mums dog, non-intentionally could have scared your little boy at some point. Perhaps he barked loudly once and made your little boy jump a few times. Your little boy will then associate your mums dog with a bad experience. The best way to help him over come this is by having somebody sit with the dog, at the other side of the room. Then slowly introduce him reassuring your little boy all the way. If you show that you are tense about the situation this will rub off on your little boy and he will pick up on the negative atmosphere. So be really relaxed and talk gently to him, telling him its ok, the person sat next to the dog will just hold him there for a little while. Slowly but surely doing this will encourage your little boy to accept that there is no need to be afraid. Turning a negative experience into a positive one. Hope this helps..

Victoria x

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Lisa - posted on 11/26/2010

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I had the same problem with a foster child I had. I made sure the dog realised the child was boss. The dog had to sit whilst the child put the dogs food bowl down and the dog had to wait whilst the child went through the doors first. It gave the child a feeling of control and the dog knew that the child came above it in the pecking order. We also spent a lot of time teaching the child how to pet the dog correctly and giving them both their own space. It takes time but I now have 2 dogs whom are fine with kids and a foster child whom now doesn't scream each time the dogs come near.

Nicola - posted on 08/21/2009

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My mum only had the dog last week, he's 1yr old bu his owner couldnt keep him on but he came form a family with a child. think the fear may have come from a different dog which went to jump up on him and barked when he was 8mnths old.
Its soo horrible to hear my boy cry when the dog is soo freindly.
Thanks for the advice, will give it a try.

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