‘Can dogs smell my fear?’: How dogs react when you’re afraid of them

By Anthony Berrick, MAPS (Psychologist)

For someone with a fear of dogs, the idea that, no matter how calmly you behave, a dog can detect your emotions, and will act aggressively towards you if you feel afraid, is a truly terrifying thought.

So, can dogs smell fear, and is there any truth to the notion that dogs will be aggressive towards a person who is feeling afraid?

How to overcome a fear of dogs: Evidence-based therapy for cynophobia

By Anthony Berrick, MAPS (Psychologist)

The ‘gold standard’ psychological treatment for animal phobias, like cynophobia, is a type of behaviour therapy known as exposure therapy.

In exposure therapy, the individual is assisted by an experienced clinician to approach the object or situation that they fear while being coached on how to deal with their anxiety.

10 things you can do to help your child overcome their fear of dogs

By Anthony Berrick, MAPS (Psychologist)

Most parents understand that, in order to help their child overcome their fear of dogs, they need to help their child face their fear.

We’ve made a list of 10 things you can do to make this process easier, gentler and more effective, to help your child overcome their fear of dogs.

‘I didn’t believe that it could be fixed’: Interview with a cynophobia client

By Anthony Berrick, MAPS (Psychologist)

Rebecca got in touch to find out about getting treatment for her severe phobia of dogs, which was causing her a lot of distress and negatively impacting on her quality of life.

After completing the cynophobia treatment program, she was able to walk comfortably in an off-leash dog-park and interact confidently with dogs for the first time in her life.

(02) 9191 1523 • info@thecynophobiaclinic.com.au • Chatswood NSW 2067

(02) 9191 1523
Chatswood NSW 2067