Your dog may be your best friend, but not all of your pals will share your affection for your fur baby. Believe it or not, some people are just afraid of dogs, but there are a few ways to help your animal-wary acquaintances get comfortable around your pets.
The medical term for the fear of dogs is cynophobia. According to Tameka Brewington of Charlotte, N.C.-based Real Talk Counseling, cynophobia is common. Some research suggests that 1 in 20 Americans are afraid of dogs. It’s often a result of a childhood interaction, she says. “Children have overactive imaginations and at times will interpret things in a manner that distorts the interaction,” Brewington says.Read the rest of the article here.