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Fear of Dogs in Children

By Shauna Romero, CPDT-KA

Many children have fears towards dogs, whether it’s their own pet or a stranger’s dog. Since dogs have a strong presence in most households and communities, here are some tips on how to encourage fearful children to be around and interact with our canine friends:

By gradually introducing your child to more dogs under controlled circumstances, every child can learn the joy of knowing a dog!

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