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Q: Will my baby always be afraid of dogs now?

December 22, 2008 | By Lindsay S. | 7 answers | Expired: 1934 days ago

Lindsay S.

During Thanksgiving, my then 6 month old baby grabbed my aunt's dog and tried to put him in her mouth! Well, the dog nipped at her and I kind of pushed her over to get her out of the way. The dog was not mean, just old and she had good reason. Anyway, two nights ago we were at a friends house and they have a dog. It is similar in size but looks completely different from the dog that nipped at her. Every time she saw him she started shrieking like she was afraid. I don't want her to be afraid of dogs! Will this pass? Is there anything I can do to help it pass? I can't very well bring dogs around her when she is shrieking because it freaks the dog out. So what should I do?

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Brandi O.
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Dec 22, 2008

she is too small to remember it she will get over the dog biting at her but if i was you i would not take her around that dog ever again a dog like that should never be around kids i feel sorry for your baby but i think she will be okay maybe take her around dogs that are nice and she will see that all dogs are not mean and when she gets older teach her not to go up to a dog with out her mommy good luck

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Marla G.
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Dec 22, 2008

I'd find a friend with an older laid back dog to take her around. She is too little to remember what happened but being at ease with a dog might make her calmer when she does see an animal.

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Meredith M.
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Dec 22, 2008

You may want to bring her around small dogs or dogs you know are good with kids. Try to create some positive experiences with her and dogs. You can also buy books with dogs as the characters or show her movies like Lady and the Tramp. Then maybe she will associate the good things with the dogs and not be afraid any more.

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