My child is scared of dogs, how can I help her break this fear?
Having a fear of dogs is common for children. The battle many parents face is how to deal with this fear.
- Acknowledge their fears, as this lets them know you understand the fear and have listened to them.
- Gradually allow them to become familiar with dogs, by giving them a toy dog or showing them pictures of a family member’s dog.
- You can then take your child to a friend’s house that has a dog. The trick is keeping the dog outside, but allow your child to see the dog play through the window. This will help your child to feel more comfortable, and in the future, have enough courage to approach the dog.
Make sure you go through this process step by step with your child, and don’t pressure them into something they are not comfortable with.