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I dont know I just think its funny. Some people are just afraid of dogs, no matter what the dog is doing. I have never had an unrational fear of anything before so I dont understand. I mean if a big dog is running at you growling barking and acting hostile then ok, but if a dog is on a leash just walking along sniffing out the bushes and stuff, like murphy does when he doesnt notice someone, the person just freezes up and waits for me to walk around them while they have this terrified look on his face. With my old dog I never really noticed, I am no expert on dogs but if I see a lab puppy walking down the street the last thing on my mind is that the dog will attack me. People cross the street or turn the other way, sometimes people will be all freaked out and I turn around after I pass them and they are still looking at me and murphy like their life is flashing before their eyes. Anyone else notice this while walking their labs? I couldnt imagine just being freaked out everytime I see a dog, or anything else you would see everyday when you go outside.
 

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Just like dogs all people are different. Some are just very timid in certain respects and have what can only be described as an irrational fear. More people than we would like to admit, though, have probably have had or witnessed a traumatic experience involving a dog that has scared them.

Again, like with dogs, they may or may not ever overcome this and if they do it will most likely involve a gentle hand and many long slow steps.
 

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I agree with John. There could be many reasons. I have a totally irrational fear of spiders. I have never been bit, hurt or even come into direct contact with one but they TERRIFY me. A spider lover wouldn't understand this fear.

A few possbile reasons I can think of:

-- A bad experience with a dog. Being bitten or attacked can and would leave physical and mental scars for life.

-- Lack of experience with dogs. For someone with no experience or understanding of dogs a black, 80lb Lab coming towards them could easily make them nervous.

-- Fear of a particular breed. MANY people are afraid of black dogs. Breeds like Rotties, German Shepherds and Pit Bulls have a stigma attached to them.

-- Cultural differences. Certain cultures view dogs very differently. While out walking I have noticed several Muslim and Chinese families act totally terrified of my dogs.
 
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Well, some people may have a bad experience with dog's, so i can fully understand them ;)

In the park i met once a woman and two little childeren, who has three little dog's with them (jack russel mix, that kind of dogs). And they where afraid of their own dogs, they just where on top of a couch in the park, just sitting their being affraid of there own dog's ???

Oh, they just have to decide of witch dog has to leave, they had three dog's and room for two, sounds pretty lame to me, if you should ask, but it was real funny to see a person who's afraid of his own dog! ;D
 

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I am totally petrified of snakes. I don't mean I hate them....I don't mean I run from them....I don't mean I scream and think their scarey. I'm actually phobic about them. I saw one in my garage five years ago! I made my husband take every single thing out of our garage and either throw it out or scrub it down. Then he had to scrub down every square inch of the garage....walls and floor. The snake was lying beside some cases of soft drinks we had stacked up there. He had to throw out every single one of those cases of soft drinks. I was literally sick for days after seeing that snake in my garage....I mean in bed sick.

And to this very day, I will not walk out into the garage barefoot. I have to slip on shoes or flip-flops before I'll even take one or two steps out there to throw a can in the recycle bin. And every single time I am in that garage, my eyes are constantly looking around for snakes.

I've never been attacked by a snake or had any bad experience at all. It's just something that is built in me....definitely illogical....makes no sense....something mental that is inside my head and I can't help it.

That's the way it is with some people and dogs. They can't explain it. It's just a part of them like the way they might not like a certain food. That's why I'm really careful about Sally being around people. She's a big dog and might be very scarey to some people.
 

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I have several phobias, too, so I can understand how some people may feel this way. A phobia is something that sure is hard to shake. Oh, your rational mind is totally aware that it makes no sense, but try telling that to the other side of the brain. :p

But, dogs are not on my list of things to be afraid of, so like you, I always feel a little like WTH? when I see someone react. Crash was such a big dog, many people reacted that way to him simply because of his size. This never failed to amuse me, honestly, because he was the gentlest dog I've ever met. He would never have hurt anyone. I doubt he would have even become protective of me if I was ever threatened. But he had size going for him, and a sort of aloof nature...he was part Rottweiler, so he had a tendency to freeze and stare sometimes. It looked very intimidating ;)

I guess I really haven't yet met a dog I was afraid of. :-\ There have been one or two that I've chosen not to approach - Crash's mother comes to mind - but I haven't had a scary experience. Knock on wood.

My mom used to be very afraid of dogs, actually. She said she was cornered by one when she was younger and backed up against a tree. It's sort of amazing that she has overcome this to be such good friends with mine. :)
 

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I will tell you all this because I know you'll all get a kick out of it. I'm petrified of Poodles - and Portuguese Water Dogs (they look like Poodles). I was attacked by one when I was younger. I just get the heebie jeebies looking at them. I'm always afraid that one of them might see me as a tasty snack. Oh, they are nice to look at in Photos, a block a way from where I am - but I'll walk to the other side of the street before I walk next to one :)
 

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I feel bad when I meet people who are afraid of dogs. I think of all the wonderful things they could be missing by not even being able to be around these wonderful creatures. I also feel bad for their kids because they are teaching their kids to be afraid also, for no good reason. I think that when we have our dogs out, we should be mindful of people who could be very afraid of them and respect that. Fears are not really funny.
 

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My girlfriend has a huge Rott/doberman mix and has had dogs her whole life but is afraid of strange dogs..........I didn't realize it until we were walking at the park with mine one day and one came running over to check Eddie out and she was very afraid! I found it very strange but I understand it a little.....the first time she met Eddie he stuck his nose right where a woman doesn't want it, he would not stop, she handled it very well and I thought it was funny while I was trying to get him to stop but she likes him!
 

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I usually just figure they've had a bad experience in the past. A lot of the kids in my area are "afraid" of dogs because of things their parents have told them. One little boy told me "my mommy tells me not to touch dogs but I don't think they're scary" (lol) now he pets Molly every time he's out and we go by :)
 

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I like to think that my girls have reformed quite a few dog haters. Almost all of my daughter's friends were terrified of my big dogs at first. Now they all love them and play with them. Same with my baby sitter. She used to insist that my dogs stay crated while she sat with the kids...but not anymore. And whenever I take the kids and Sam to the park, there are always some kids that flock to Sammi and some that steer clear. The steer clearers always end up hanging all over Sammi and taking her for walks around the park by the time we leave. Sam loves it. :)

I agree with what the others have said. Some people have had bad experiences and some just have had NO experience.
 

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My daughter's friend is from China and her parents are terrified of dogs. They never had them growing up, the Chinese are not big on having dogs as pets. They would always wait outside when they came to pick their daughter up and cower in fear at the front door.

I will give the mother credit in that she didn't want her daughter to be afraid and loved the fact that her daughter was so comfortable with our dogs. She didn't impart her fear to her child. As time has gone on, she has gotten better and will actually pet Aidan, Emma is too wild for her tastes. But the hub still waits in the car lol
 

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I loved dogs as a little girl. Obsessed. Then I got bit without warning around the age of 9 or 10 by a cocker spaniel. It scared me to death because one minute he was greeting me all happy, the next minute he attacked me aggressively. I had to climb a fence to get away from him. He didn't break the skin but he bit hard enough and held on long enough through my jeans to leave a big painful bruise. It was a neighbors dog. I think the owner was in the house at the time..fuzzy facts..bottom line..scared meto death.
Then my sister got attacked by a GS while filling in delivering newspapers for a friend. Again, she got a nasty bite.
So for a long time after that, I was TERRIFIED of dogs. I felt I couldn't trust them. Even if they seemed friendly, I wasn't sure that they wouldn't turn on me.
Took along time to get over that fear.

I still am careful around strange dogs, even if their owner says "oh, he loves everybody"..
 

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I think some healthy respect of unknown dogs is wise. My brother doesn't really know dogs, and isn't afraid at all -- but when we were walking up a rural hillside in Mexico in January, I kept a distance from dogs (and houses) we passed, since the dogs were likely defensive. My brother wanted to pet them :-\

My mother is terrified of strange dogs, and simply uncomfortable around my own dogs. She generally avoids dogs, and see no reason to analyze or change her behaviour.

Dog people can usually *read* body language, and judge friendly from agressive. But for people who don't recognize the signs, all dogs can seem unfriendly.
 
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My neighbor across the street is afraid of dogs. When he was a child his sister was mauled in front of him by a German Shepherd - she required over 40 sutures on her cheek and chin. He is so afraid of our dogs but he will pet them since he's been around them for so long and we constantly tell him that they will not suddenly become unhinged and bite him (like he thinks of all dogs). Just yesterday we were working on a new bed on the side of our yard and Scout and Wigeon were out front with my husband and the girls. The neighbor walked over and stopped at the edge of our lawn when he saw the dogs were loose. Both girls spotted him and simply trotted over wagging their tails and lolling their tongues. He instantly relaxed and reached down to pet them as he came in the yard and actually had a smile on his face when he was greeting them. I'm glad he has our dogs to help him overcome his fear somewhat.
 
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