Cynophobia: Help & Treatment for Fear of Dogs

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Fear of dogs or dog phobia is a quite common issue. It is something that we are presented with fairly regularly here in our UK hypnotherapy practice.

Its clinical name is cynophobia.

Like most phobias, dog phobia is basically irrational: the cynophobic person is well aware that the vast majority of dogs pose no real threat. Even though they may fully realize this, they feel powerless to control their often all-consuming fear.

For the person experiencing dog phobia, even the smallest and most inoffensive of dogs may be as threatening and fearsome as a tiger. In some instances, even the sound of a dog barking in the distance is enough to cause apprehension and real fear.

What causes Fear of Dogs?Origin of Dog phobia

In common with other phobias and irrational fears, what has happened to the person suffering from a dog phobia is that at some time in the past, he or she has been frightened by a dog or has been influenced by another person's fear of dogs.

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It may even have been the case that they became afraid when watching a television programme or a movie. Or they may have heard frightening stories concerning dogs relayed by a family member, friend or acquaintance. More often, though, the fear originated because of direct contact with a dog that frightened or shocked the person, and so they became conditioned with the fear of all dogs.

Usually, such an experience has taken place at some time in childhood, though in a minority of cases, it may have occurred when the person was considerably older.

Sometimes the actual origin of the fear of dogs has been forgotten by the conscious mind and the dog phobic person feels as if it is a fear that they have had forever.

Such, however, is not the case, since the only fears that human beings are born with are the fear of loud noises, the fear of falling, and the fear of abandonment. Fear of dogs, like all other phobias is a learned behavioural response.

Fear of Dogs — The Big Impact

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A fear of dogs can affect a person's life in a whole host of different ways. Many of the things that most of us take for granted—visiting friends and family, holidaying, going for a walk in the park or even walking down the street—become real ordeals if there is or might be a dog somewhere in the picture.

Dog phobia can affect a person's career and ability to work. Nurses, postal employees and social workers can even be prevented from doing their job because of this irrational fear. The good news is that since this fear is learned, it can also be unlearned.

Effective Treatment for Fear of Dogs

While many 'hypnotherapists' attempt to resolve this phobia with suggestion therapy, using some kind of 'one size fits all' script, such methods are rarely effective in the long term.

In order for a genuine dog phobia to be cleared so that the individual is permanently released from their irrational fear, it is necessary that the actual driver of the fear is neutralized. And this means going to its origin.

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With Advanced Transformational Hypnotherapy, it is possible to reach deep within the subconscious mind, where the fear itself originated and is held.

Using modern hypnosis, the subconscious mind can be helped to let go of faulty programming and realign itself with reality. And the reality is that the vast majority of dogs pose absolutely no threat.

There really is no reason why you or anyone you care about need continue to suffer from a fear of dogs or cynophobia. Dog phobia can most often be treated in just a couple of brief sessions of advanced hypnotherapy.



With over 30 years of hypnosis experience, Peter has an in-depth understanding of how to guide and help people reach and realise their own potential. Using a life-time of experience, together with advanced therapeutic skills, he can help you overcome fear of dogs once and for all.

Call Peter now on 0121 449 0659 or mobile 07910 245 159 and get the help you need to overcome your fear of dogs. There is no need to be afraid or scared of dogs. You really can end dog phobia and enjoy your life!

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