I Am Scared of Dogs

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 150 People

    More Apprehensive Than Afraid...

    When I was around four, my parents visited some friends on a farm.  They had a german shepard.  I wasnt afraid of it and don't know what I did (although I am confident I did something) that caused the dog to attack me.  To this day, I still have a scar by  my right eye.  The...
    monadezelski monadezelski
    66-70, F
    5 Responses Jan 1, 2011

    Phobia of Dogs

    I’ve been scared of dogs pretty much my entire life. I’m 22 years old and I’m getting married in September. My fiancé loves dogs. His parents have two dogs. I would like to get rid of my fear. I purchased a book called Overcoming Animal and Insect Phobias...
    jen22 jen22
    1 Response Feb 17, 2008

    I hate having this fear.

    I stay next to them to overcome it
    dessie924 dessie924
    26-30, M
    Jul 16, 2015

    I Never Used to Be..

    .. Scared of dogs. A couple of years ago me and my friend went out to the park it was snowing and we wanted to take the field route to mess about and enjoy the weather, as we were walking we saw people sledging we went down the hill and then saw a dog. My friend didn't really...
    Shellystarz Shellystarz
    13-15, F
    May 16, 2009

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    zoophobia zoophobia
    Jul 29, 2010

    I got bit by a dog when I was about 3

    and had to get laser surgery on my face I'm scared of every dog in not used too
    456Emme 456Emme
    16-17, F
    1 Response Jul 11, 2015

    I Used to Be..

    I originally didn't have much of a problem with dogs.  Aside from the fact that they could be somewhat big and loud which could be a little intimidating (I was used to cats), I actually really liked them.  Untill one day when I was about 7 and basically almost...
    solarxmoon solarxmoon
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Dec 1, 2007

    Bad Experiences With Dogs

    Both of the dogs I've had issues with in the past has been Rottweilers. I swear if I see one, I will run as far as I can away. I am scared of big dogs. I feel really silly since my girlfriend has a really small dog, and I try to avoid him since he's so mean. I'm really...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Dec 10, 2011

    How can you be scared of this dog.

    All she wants to do is eat your cat.
    deleted deleted
    Jun 30, 2014

    Scary Alsastion!!

    When my mum and dad split up I used to go up to my dads every weekend. Where he lived there was atleast 20 dogs around him. One of then was the scariest of all. It was a MASSIVE alsastion. It was bigger than me! And I was 7 when this happened. My dad had just parked up, and as...
    LiveLaughLove12 LiveLaughLove12
    Aug 1, 2008

    Please Don't Be Afraid.

      I am a professional dog sitter, and in all the work I have done, I have never so much had a dog growl at me.  Dog's are a product of their environment.  I have worked in animal shelter's and have seen severely mistreated dogs.  They respond in two...
    archiedog archiedog
    36-40, M
    3 Responses May 30, 2010

    Big Dogs

    I don't like dogs that jump on me. I was trick or treating when I was little, and a german shepard dog jumped up and bit me on my face. I was scared of bigger dogs since then. I even get a little scared when I look at this group picture of a german shepard!
    jokinpa jokinpa
    18-21, F
    1 Response Aug 10, 2007

    Dogs Are Bipolar

    That's the only way I can put it...I mean, first they are letting you touch them, then they are trying to bite you or growling.  I stopped trying to be friendly with dogs when I was bit for the 9th time in my life for no reason whatsoever...I was walking up to...
    MsRaven MsRaven
    36-40, F
    1 Response Apr 19, 2009

    Not had a good experience with dogs

    after seeing my sister get bitten in an unprovoked attack. Don't trust them
    sacanagem sacanagem
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Mar 9, 2014

    I feel like if I walk next to one they'll bite

    me. They have these huge eyes that seem to be questioning if you're food. Even the small little chihuahuas are scary. They bark loud and shrill. My grandpa got bitten by a chihuahua that seemed so innocent. At least cats don't chase you
    mrhedgeh0g mrhedgeh0g
    22-25, M
    Sep 19, 2015

    This Fear Is Controling My Life !!!

    When I was young I was brought up around dogs, but when we move to the city I was bitten by a neighbours dog, I never teased the dog, I was just walking past, and the owner came out and told me her dog doesn't bite yet I had blood running down my leg, from this attack I ...
    blissbubbles blissbubbles
    31-35, F
    Nov 28, 2007

    I find dogs cute in videos

    and photos.. but when I see them next to me, I start freaking out.. I'm super scared of dogs.. and one of my neighbor used to treat her dog so badly that I actually started disliking dogs when I was a kid.. after so many years I started liking dogs again.. and my best friend has...
    amazingmoment90 amazingmoment90
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Nov 4, 2015


    I only recently found out that this isn't so rare as I had thought, and I was pleased. It's common enough to have a name! I know it's a bit selfish to be delighted from others' fears, but it makes me feel that it's somehow understandable. I hate it when people (especially those...
    Fearofsilence Fearofsilence
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 7, 2010

    absolutely terrified of them,

    no matter what size or age or anything like that. I can't even walk past some houses that I know have them in fear that they'll rush out and attack me. I used to be a paper boy but I daren't do that job again because of the amount of dogs in our town
    a7xsolitude a7xsolitude
    22-25, M
    Feb 12, 2015

    Scared Of...french Poodles...

    yes yes laugh all you want... I am scared of french poodles... I hate french poodles. I also have MDD and bipolar. When I was on a veryyyyyy LOW state I went to the bank with my mom I was feeling like a complete loser cause I had just left university... a career I had always...
    cerise333 cerise333
    18-21, F
    Nov 19, 2012

    Always Have!

    I dont know why im scared of them as i have grown up around dogs n i loved them n they loved me n never attacked me or anything scary like that! I have to move across the road when i see any size dog walking towards me n my best mate shouts at me as some are only tiny! I...
    sazead sazead
    22-25, F
    6 Responses Apr 14, 2007

    I'm Somewhat Scared of Dogs

    I getting a dog, but I'm kinda scared of them. When I was little dogs use to chase me. Now I've overcame that fear (a little). I like dogs but now I have one and I'm still scared 
    ambraluvsmj ambraluvsmj
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jan 4, 2009

    There used to be a poodle near my Nan's house

    which chased me down the path every time I went out to play. When I was with her (I was around 8 years old) she asked the owner why the dog did that. "Oh he is only playing" The next day I went out and it jumped at me and bit my hand as I tried to push it away. Since then I...
    PicassoSan PicassoSan
    26-30, F
    Dec 16, 2013

    Well, Not All Dogs.....

    Just pits. I am pretty sure some pit lover/ rescuer type person will jump all over this and argue about how wonderful theirs is. Well I don't care....cause this is my story. :P Why am I afraid of them: #1- Thier sheer power. Their crazy bite that they can hold in place and thrash...
    cellogal cellogal
    26-30, F
    6 Responses Dec 4, 2010

    I Am Scared Of Dogs

    Some people are scared of spiders and snakes but not me. I've always been scared of dogs, I think that's because I got always barked at by our family dog when I was 5 years old. Now I am an adult and still scared of them. I remember when I walked to the...
    GrueneRose GrueneRose
    19 Responses Jan 8, 2007

    Why Did They Do That?

    I would not particularly say that I am scared of dogs in general. I get scared when there is a wild dog running around or the dog starts getting aggressive. My mother was bitten by a chained dog (who's chain reached the sidewalk) years ago... Last night me and my boyfriend were...
    Jupiterfalling Jupiterfalling
    18-21, F
    1 Response Oct 3, 2012

    Are They Man's Best Friend?

    Dogs literally can attack and become aggressive.  I recall an incident with an alsation that would not allow me to pass in my own neighbourhood, of course the owners were dog lovers and not present at the time.  What saved me? A scream of help the vocal chords...
    jophene jophene
    36-40, F
    1 Response Oct 5, 2009

    Love The Picture For This Group

    an attack GS with his checst guard on but then there are the most gently dogs there are
    rickibrat2 rickibrat2
    61-65, M
    Oct 16, 2011

    Mostly Pit Bulls!

    i was battered around by one when I was 6 and I was terrified. I realize now that I don't think the dog was trying to hurt me, he was just too rough and a tough dog. Maybe he thought I was a big chew toy.  He would charge at me and knock me down, and he kept trying to nip at my...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Jun 4, 2011

    The Worst Day Of My Life

    Well, Yesterday , I was riding a bike , till i got to a park , and , I sawl a dog , and i didnt really care , so the dog came forward me and it barked and i said "Stop , Good boy "I sawl the tips in google, thank you alot ! to google ! the dog has bitten me , :( it really hurts...
    RosieAsRose RosieAsRose
    May 19, 2013

    I get really bad panic attacks.

    Today i didn't know my friends dog was in the house cause last time it was at her mums. She didn't know I'm scared of dogs. She opened the door and the dog started barking. I literally couldn't get in the house because i was that scared. My friend decided to keep the dog in...
    eyeris2195 eyeris2195
    22-25, F
    Aug 17, 2014

    Whenever I see one I freak out.

    Their bark is terrifying. I'm scared they rub themselves against me and make me dirty or lick me or something.
    Mahsa99 Mahsa99
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 30, 2014

    Im Terrified of All Dogs

    Ever since i can remeber i have been scared of dogs, when i was a todler my grandads dog knocked me over and bite me o the leg. I hate all types of dogs large and small ones. I cross the road everytime I see one and make my friends swap sides if i have to walk past one. My fear...
    shinkelbob shinkelbob
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Mar 1, 2008

    i have always loved all animals especially dogs

    until this happened. i was taking my dog Bear for a walk/run(alone) we started to walk when i turned around because i heard something and i saw 3 big pit bulls come running up to us. they started to attack bear ( she has a little bit of pit bull in him but not that much). I'm...
    bearbear0711 bearbear0711
    13-15, F
    1 Response Jul 14, 2015


    dont laugh but i am terrified of small dogs. if an alsation,german shepherd or a rottwiler was walking past i would pat it and ask its owner for its name but on the other hand if a chiuaua walkeed past i would scream i would run a mile HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    sashalou123 sashalou123
    13-15, F
    1 Response Dec 17, 2012

    Let Us Help You With Your Fear of Dogs!

    HI! I'm a producer on a national morning tv show. We are doing a segment on phobias and would love to help someone that is afraid of dogs. Please email me ASAP at morning_show@hotmail.com or call me at 212-301-5256 so that you can meet our expert and conquer your fears!!! We are...
    morningshow morningshow
    26-30, F
    Jan 14, 2008
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