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I am a swim instructor and a social worker who's helped many children and adults to overcome their phobias in the water. I've used techniques I've studied, including imagry, fear erasure, and deep relaxation with every step taught. A child I was teaching couldn't let go of 1 foot in order to float onto the step. I asked her to talk to her foot (kids love ...


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First thing to do that the dog must to be on a lead so under complete control, parents should stroke and interact with the dog by taking with the child at a save distance with the other parent. The dog owner can start to demonstrate regarding how obedient the dog is by getting it to sit or down or fetch. Using toys and food with the dog will help to get the ...


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I suspect it is just another phase of growing up for your son. I say this because our son did exactly the same thing - started out happy and curious about dogs and (suddenly without any cause - we have never had a dog) got scared of them - to the point of screaming and wanting to be picked up when there were any around. At one point he shouted and screamed ...


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Your son is very young and has gone from very friendly to fearful in a short time. This more than likely has something to do with the family reaction to the devastating loss of your pet/ family member. Regardless of the cause of the behavior change the best plan to overcome his newfound fear/ irritation is the simplest: pick him up when he runs to you and ...


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You can buy him a toy puppy and let him get used to it. He probably saw the dead dog in front of him and his brain associated it's death with "danger". Seeing a dead animal can be pretty scary experience especially as a child. I myself have experienced this fear when I was a child. A dead tiger was found near the town and was brought to the wildlife ...


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Don't give up on having a dog; your son's fear is likely transitory, and there are ways you can help him overcome them. But it will take time and patience. I'm sure there are a number of ways to do this. Here is what I would recommend. Is he able to express yet why he's afraid of dogs? When he is, that will be a help, although he may not be able to ...


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This could be the early stages of schizophrenia. I have catatonic schizophrenia myself and I remember well what it felt like as a child before I came to understand the illness. You've pretty much described it. The disease varies greatly from person to person and a huge amount of what you see on TV or hear about in sensationalist stories/otherwise is ...



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