Monday, 27 August 2012

For the love of dog...

Tabitha has recently developed a very vocal fear of dogs.

It hit an all time high this weekend when we visited my mums. Initially she was reluctant to leave the house, when we did and inevitably saw a dog she went totally bonkers.

It was not helped by most of them being off their leads to be honest but that was not really the issue and I am not here to moan at dog owners, I am looking for advice...

I have tried a therapy dog visiting her nursery. He was like a rug with a face and just lay down waiting for a tummy tickle, Tabitha screamed and kicked and scrambled for the nearest exit.

There has been no event we can recall that has started this reaction unless we count her freaking out quite badly when the monkeys at London Zoo raided her changing bag.

She has made the decision she 'likes cats' and not dogs.

In fact she shouts it at most dogs she sees "I LIKE CATS!" they generally just look away, disgusted.

So, do I push her to be around dogs or join her in avoiding their presence for a while?

It breaks my heart to see her so afraid but at the same time I want her and us to be able to go about our lives normally.



  1. I'm not really sure what you should son who is nearly 3 will move away from dogs and whisper "I scared of the doggie"...I give him a little cuddle and say it's ok, that one looks friendly and ask him what colour the dog is etc. However some dogs do react badly to children and dogs are everywhere and potentially dangerous in the wrong owners hands so I'd say a bit of wariness of strange dogs is healthy. Same goes for cats but they are mostly in their houses and can't do as much harm as a dog could. I am a little nervous around dogs myself so I think that might be where Jasper gets it, or maybe just from toddler level dogs are a lot bigger and scarier looking than cats? Who knows? Hopefully her reaction will lessen over time (as most things with young children) but I'd say a little wariness is healthy so that she's not trying to cuddle every dog she meets :)

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