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Cynophobia: Fear of Dogs

What is Cynophobia?

Cynophobia is the fear of Man stand on chair frightened by barking dogdogs. Fearing dogs to some degree is normal, but sufferers of this phobia have an extreme and irrational fear for dogs.

Because dogs are present in most places, this type of phobia is far too common. Research has shown that this phobia is more prevalent in women than in men.

Know Cynophobia Causes

Unlike many other phobias, cynophobia does not develop gradually. It is very often a result of a single traumatic or frightening event in childhood that can involve chase or bite from a dog.

For the sufferer, cynophobia causes an extreme, unhealthy fear of dogs. Often, cynophobia sufferers can experience an anxiety attack at the thought of encountering a dog, let alone coming face to face with one physically.

Although they may understand and acknowledge fully that a dog on television does not pose any danger, this does little to prevent the phobic from having a reaction.

Cynophobia Symptom List

Like other phobias, cynophobia is a type of anxiety disorder where an exposure to the object of fear, situation or activity can cause symptoms of high discomfort.

Cynophobia Symptom can include the following:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Shaking
  • Dry mouth
  • Heart palpitations
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Inability to think or speak clearly
  • Panic attack
  • Terror
  • Dread

About Cynophobia Treatment

Getting professional help can usually encourage one to overcome the fear of dogs.

However, many cynophobics shy away from seeking cynophobia treatment due to stigma or embarrassment.

Cognitive behavior therapy (a type of psychotherapy) employs problem solving methods in the present rather than focusing on experiences of the past.

This can be seen in a method involving helping the sufferer change his outlook and thoughts about dogs.

Systematic desensitization therapy involves visualization & exposure that is gradual. These are combined with relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises.

The aim is to desensitize a person and remove their phobia in a controlled environment. If you suffer from this phobia you, you are not alone in suffering from this fear.

Neither should you think that you have to live with this fear for the rest of your life. With proper treatment, time, effort & determination, cynophobia can be overcome.

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