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Alice, I'm Scared of the Neighborhood Dogs — Ask Alice: Advice for Life at Home

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Apr 29, 2015 01:05 AM
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by Ask Alice last modified Apr 28, 2015

Dear Alice, I do not like dealing with dogs! I’m not deeply cynophobic and I don’t blame the individual animals, however, a friend in another city was recently attacked by a dog and I now feel prompted to address my own discomfort. I am more of an indoor cat person and, while I don’t begrudge people having the pet of their choice, many of these pets seem to spend the majority of the day outside and I feel surrounded while on my own property or on my walk to work. These are noisy, barking dogs, sometimes big dogs, and to someone who has had bad experiences in the past, often frightening dogs. Any advice on how I can “introduce myself” to neighborhood dogs? After over five years at my current address I’d have hoped the fenced and leashed animals would recognize me and relax but this is not the case. Can I approach pet owners to say “Hi, I live down the street, your dog freaks me out?" It’s not their fault, but maybe if I learned the dog’s name and gave them the occasional treat they’d calm down? I’m interested in being neighborly and proactive. With Sincere Thanks, Lab Experiment READ MORE »






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