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Adoptive Child Fears Pets!

Our adoptive child has a great fear of pets, and we have 2 small dogs.Child is 4 years old and has never had contact with pets before. Has anyone dealt with this? Any ideas to help child overcome fear? Thank you!


Asked by TiffyTaffy79 at 4:43 PM on Dec. 5, 2010 in Adoption

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  • I bet once he feels comfortable, the pets will be of great comfort and friendship for him. I agree, slow, positive exposure. Good luck!

    Answer by amybaby_19 at 4:34 PM on Dec. 6, 2010

  • Slow introduction when the animals are perfectly calm, demonstrating that they will not harm him. You will have to continually assure the child that the animals are not going to cause harm, and demonstrate this. Just be patient, it gets better.

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 4:50 PM on Dec. 5, 2010

  • You have to introduce them slowly. Maybe there was an incident that caused the child to be afraid or maybe it was just because there was no contact. Anyway, keep the dogs behind a gate and let the child come to them as he/she pleases. Don't force it, dogs can sense tension and fear and will react. Make sure you have interaction with the dogs to show the child that they don't hurt you. But don't ever let the dogs come in between you and the child, physically.

    Answer by Shanna84 at 11:41 AM on Dec. 6, 2010

  • You will need to introduce them slowly. Small dogs that are hyper are a big fear factor for smaller children if they have never been around them before. Try to introduce when the dogs are calm, and do it in small doses. They may become great buddies, or just tolerate each other like my son and dog!

    Answer by Tawneekitn at 6:21 PM on Dec. 9, 2010

  • What kind of dogs do you have?

    Answer by mmmegan38 at 4:27 PM on Dec. 28, 2010