Our expert says:
Fortunately these simple phobias respond extremely well to basic CBT or behaviour therapy, provided by a good local child psychologist, who can teach her to relax when she needs to, and then to gradually get used to the idea not only of dogs being safe but pleasant, until she can not only lose this irrational fear of dogs ( which is one of the definitions of a phobia ) but could become fond of them. At the very least she could co-exist with them without unpleasantness for her or the dog.
But so long as she continues to be exposed to the dog and getting scared of it, the fear will grow and become more established, so see the shrink ASAP, and she can work with this puppy as a good example of a nice dog, and learn to lose the excessive fear.
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