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What is Cynophobia?
Fear of dogs or rabies.
Studies have shown that at least one half to two thirds of dog phobics can remember a frightening, and usually painful, event as the trigger for their phobia. However, among control groups of non-phobics, a similar number can also recall a bad experience with a dog. Almost invariably, it involved being hurt in some way, either being bitten, scratched or knocked over.
The difference between the two groups seems to lie in their expectations regarding chance meetings with dogs. The phobics invariably expect to experience extreme fear or panic and physical harm in the form of attack.
In spite of any previous bad encounters, non-dog phobics do not expect such responses or outcomes in chance meetings, although a small minority may admit to feeling some degree of tension, depending upon individual circumstances such as the nature of a particular dog.
Hence it appears that, once again, it is the dog phobic's expectations and beliefs that maintain the phobia. Also, as in spider phobia, these expectations and beliefs fall into the two categories of the phobic's own anticipated and former experience of fear, panic, distress and inability to cope along with his expectation of physical harm from the dog itself. The manner in which a dog moves, its appearance, barking and growling and the way it feels to touch are other factors involved in the phobia.