How to Help Your Child Overcome the Fear of Dogs is a book currently in development by Stefani Cohen. The book utilizes the Overcoming the Fear of Dogs (OFOD) Protocol which Stefani developed; it is based on exposure therapy using a live dog to provide children with safe, supervised and positive experiences so that they learn to feel safe and in control around dogs. The book includes ancedotes from Stefani's practice and case studies to illustrate how to best use the OFOD protocol. The ultimate goal is to enable children to be comfortable around dogs.
Regarding Fear and Phobias: Help your child learn as much about dogs as possible so they will have a better understanding of dog's behavior and feel more in control.
Regarding the Importance of Overcoming the Fear of Dogs: Resist the urge to force your kid to face the fear of dogs without consulting the questionnaire in this book and/or professional advice first. You don't want your good intentions to go awry and increase your child's fear and stress. This is a process that takes time and patience.
Regarding Addressing Your Child's Fear of Dogs: It is important to understand your role as a parent.
Regarding How to Interact with Dogs Safely: Education is the key to keeping children safe around dogs. The earlier children learn about dog behavior and how to interact safely with dogs, the safer and more confident they will be around them.
Regarding How Dogs Communicate: Always be on the lookout for signs of stress in a dog when it is near or interacting with a child.
Regarding How Children Can Benefit from Relationships with Dogs: Animals can enrich the lives of children in many ways - from strengthening their sense of compassion and empathy to helping them learn responshibility and a reverence for nature.
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