11-09-2012, 10:42 AM
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I thought about that, but I have a gut feeling that if there were to be a dog here that is nothing like the dog that caused her fear that she'd overcome it. The only dogs that she's seen since then are poorly trained and unsocialized.
I know friend's with dogs who would have no issue bringing their's over or going to the park and dog socialising, along with all of my friend's and family that love dogs.
I probably could have used a different word than terrified..she can deal with being around them (such as my cousin's dogs that I trained that are obedient and don't jump all over you unless you ask with a cue), she just doesn't trust them. She got jumped on by a collie when she was 6-7 because it's owner (a neighbour boy) patted her chest and told it to jump up and it knocked her over. So, she doesn't trust them and I think it would benefit her as well.
So basically..we'd be having a family dog that I'm paying for. I think if my mum realizes that a dog really can be trusted not to attack her (and she sees it everyday), that she wouldn't be so stressed and tense around them (since most of her friend's have them and she doesn't want to go to their house because of them, so she never actually sees them).
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