Our expert says:
Such persistent fears after a bad experience are not at all uncommon And somehow dogs seem to sense when one is fearful, and at least get more interested even if not necessarily more aggressive.
Now clearly, I know most a bout professional help, and behaviour therapy ( as it was in the old days ) or Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ( CBT ) as it is nowadays, can be extremely effective in enabling oneto overcome such excesive fears.
As Zexeon wisely emphasizes, to a certain extent such fears keep us usefully cautious, so that we avoid unnecessary risks. But when the fears become exaggerated, as in the situation you describe, it is worth learning to modify them. CBT helps one to asess such risks more accueately and usefully, and to control one's response helpfully, because sometimes excessive precautions can themselves cause risks. CBT would probably not require many sessions to help you get a better grip on this fear. As in the example Zexeon describes, one can gradually learn to tell which dogs are safe, and to assess them better, and without the unpleasant and painful sense of fear described, when even thinking of the wrong sort opf dogs causes anxiety, at times when there is no risk at all.
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