What is the fear of dogs?

Millions of people have a fear of dogs. They may be afraid of dogs for many reasons: being chased by them as a child, they know someone who was bitten by a dog, or they themselves were bitten. For whatever reason, people can be so scared of dogs to the point where it can affect their lifestyle, including preventing them from going over to friends’ homes or taking walks outside. Understanding where this fear stems from and getting acquainted with available treatment techniques can help people with even the biggest fear of dogs overcome their fear. Like all fears the specific trigger that started the fear can be difficult to pinpoint. However, it is treatable through CBT and exposure therapy as well as self help through VR.