Just wanted to see if anyone had any advice. Our DD has been scared of dogs since she was about 7 months.
We have a big dog and she is super quiet and docile. DD is happy to be around her and occasionally wants to pat her. But if our girl noses DD gently for a pat. Then DD has had enough.
Note: Our dog has never done anything to encourage a fear.
I do have an idea of when the fear started. Someone I know has a very nippy and excited dog that jumped all over, nipped and was very in the face of DD. Since that day DD gets tense the moment she is near a dog, especially smaller dogs.
When there is a dog around but it's not touching her or near her she is fine.
What things could I try to show her that dogs can be lovely company. I'm running out of ideas.
She loves goats, horses, sheep, cattle, snakes, chickens, cats, birds. So would be great of we could get her to be more comfortable around dogs too.