Cynophobia

no-dogs-allowed-signCynophobia is a disproportionate and consuming fear of dogs.

What Is Cynophobia?

Many people have experienced feeling uneasy around a poorly behaved or growling dog. But cynophobia is a generalized fear of all dogs, regardless of behavior or circumstances. Some people exhibit more fear around certain types of dogs—such as large dogs or certain breeds that seem particularly scary—but will still be uneasy around all dogs. Next to fear of snakes and spiders, cynophobia is the most common animal phobia. Symptoms include irrational fear around dogs, refusing to go to places where dogs might be, or taking excessive precautions around dogs.

What Causes Cynophobia?

Most people with cynophobia have had an early, traumatic experience with a dog, such as being bitten or witnessing a family member being attacked. The phobia usually begins in early childhood and can be shaped by parents’ fears. A parent who is afraid of dogs or who regularly warns children about dogs might activate a child’s imagination, inadvertently creating a phobia. In some cases, the cause of the phobia is unclear.

How Is Cynophobia Treated?

Like other phobias, cynophobia can be effectively treated through a combination of therapy and relaxation techniques. Some people also find that hypnotherapy is helpful. It is particularly important for people with this phobia to have positive experiences with well behaved, friendly dogs. In the early stages of treatment, general exposure to dogs can backfire if the person with the phobia has a frightening experience.

References:

Fries, W. C. (n.d.). Helping a child overcome a fear of dogs. WebMD. Retrieved from http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/features/helping-your-child-overcome-a-fear-of-dogs

Last Updated: 08-4-2015

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  • aidanjoyal

    aidanjoyal

    September 29th, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    try your best to stay away from them.

  • aidanjoyal

    aidanjoyal

    September 29th, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    if you see one walk or run away.

  • anonymous

    anonymous

    November 15th, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    what a great tip

  • Kate

    Kate

    March 5th, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    that first comment wild af. being a cynophobic since childhood, i learned it the hard way that those stuff ain’t helping at all :D guess it started from my mom’s story of being bitten by a bulldog to the point she had to be taken to a damn hospital… those poorly trained dogs are scary

  • Token M

    Token M

    September 22nd, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Go to Exposure Therapy!!

  • Ms.Carvberd

    Ms.Carvberd

    December 11th, 2017 at 12:24 PM

    I’m doing a project with my students and this really help! 5 thumbs up!

  • Elizabeth B

    Elizabeth B

    January 17th, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    I FIND IT A DISGRACE THAT ANIMALS ARE NOW GIVEN MORE RIGHTS THAN PEOPLE. The liars of pets being service dogs is out of control. The fact is that people who do have a fear of dogs have rights also. Many Pet people are nuts. I can not tell you how many times I am in Supermarkets where my groceries are in the same cart that some pet owner had their dog with dog doo ass on the area I place my food and take home to eat. The worse part is that many pet owners feel they are above it all and that lying about their dogs is fine screw people that fear them or are just not into dog doo and flees and ticks and who knows what viruses they are carrying. PETS ARE YOUR PETS NOT MINE. I HAVE THE RIGHT TO GO TO THE STORE AND NOT HAVE A COLD NOSE SNIFFING AT MY LEG OR STICKING HIS SNOUT UP MY BUTT AND THIS IS NOT EVEN GOING INTO THE MANY MAULING OR CLAW MARKS GOING DOWN YOUR LEG OR HAVING ONE COME FROM NO WHERE WHILE YOU ARE IN A SUPERMARKET CHECK LINE AND SCARE THE **** OUT OF YOU. BOTH THE OWNERS AND THE STORES NEED TO GET TICKETS OR FINE AND BOTH NOT JUST THE OWNER. MANY WEALTHY PEOPLE CAN AFFORD THE FINES, YOU NEED TO GET THE STORES TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND TAKE ACTION IN NOT ALLOWING THEM IN. ATTORNEYS NEED TO BE TO SUE THE **** OUT OF THE STORES AS WELL AS THE OWNERS THAT IS THE ONLY WAY THIS IS GOING TO STOP. YOU ARE ENCOURAGING MAULING BY ALLOWING THIS. I HAVE ACTUALLY HAD A DOG OWNER WHO WAS PEEING ON MY PLANT ON A LEASE ALLOWING IT TO DO SO AND WHEN I SAY “HEY, CUT THAT OUT”. I ALSO STATED I WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF THE DOGS WERE IN HIS YARD AND NOT TAKING A DUMP IN MINE. NO APOLOGIES, HE TOLD THE TOD SIC, THAT REALLY FREAKED ME OUT. HE DID HAVE THE ANIMAL AND IT WAS LEASHED THANK GOD BUT I WAS NOT SURE THAT HE WOULD NOT LET GO OF THE LEASH TO ATTACK. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THIS.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 24th, 2018 at 4:54 PM

    You shouldn’t be afraid of dogs even the ones that are visious that makes them want to be more visious

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