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Helping Children Who Are Afraid of Animals

My son, 2 and my daughter who will be 4 in Nov., are afraid of all animals, especially those on 4 legs. We had an outdoor cat when my daughter was 2 and my son was around 4/6 months. Then we moved and had to get rid of it.

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My daughter has had no experiences that would cause her to be afraid of animals and my son is reading her reactions. My husband and I love animals, and would love, given the opportunity, to get at least a dog. (Personally, I'd love to have a bit of acreage and have dogs, cats, rabbits, etc.)

How can I get my kids to not be afraid of animals and eventually start enjoying them when the only friends or family we have with pets live 1 hour or more away? It's getting to be too much with both of them freaking out and wanting to be held when it's just me with them.

By Jessica

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August 27, 20100 found this helpful

I was the same way when I was young and I wish someone would of brought me where their was lazy dogs and cats so I could get use to them but everyone wanted me to meet some young one who wanted to play and that didn't help me at all. I would tell all my friends how scared I was and they help me. Tell them the dogs can't talk but when they bark their saying I like you. Good luck.

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