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Afraid of dogs? Don’t shout, don’t run – here’s how to react

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Some people are thrilled to cross paths with a big, shaggy dog on a walk. Others not so much. But while many people simply feel some level of fear around animals that can bite, in some cases it’s more than that. Suffering from a phobia means a natural basic fear turns into an anxiety disorder. And there is even a name for it when it concerns dogs: cynophobia. Sweaty palms, a racing heart and accelerated breathing can all be signs of the disorder, says psychologist Johannes Rother. Freezing over when a dog is approaching is also quite typical for cynophobia. The animals themselves are usually u…

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