Tell me your experiences getting over fear or discomfort with dogs. My wonderful brother, bless him, loves me, but fears dogs. But now I'm getting a second one (German Shepherd puppy), the breed of his nightmares, and he is struggling. He's told me himself he wants to get over it, and I'm sure exposure and puppies will help, but I'd love to hear your own experiences and anecdotes getting past this.
He doesn't have a paralysing fear, and spends time around both me and my dog, doing his best to tolerate things. We havn't spent so much time together these past few years (unrelatedly), but that's all about to change. He'll be seeing a lot more of me, my dog, and my new German Shepherd puppy of his nightmares. His kids love dogs and he wants to love my dogs (and does, in his own way), and wants to work through this. I believe he can, because my Dad was just the same, and it just took enough exposure, of which there was a lot more with my Dad.
At the same time I accept he might not. I don't expect everyone to just 'get over it' and like dogs, or like my dogs. It's not anything I'm pressuring him with and really the ball is in his court. He really wants this.
So I'm not after advice on the best approach for all of this, rather,I'd love to hear from people who've been through the kind of process my brother is. I want your anecdotes, I want your stories, of how you went from fearing, to loving a dog, or dogs, or all dogs. I want to hear the ups and downs, what helped and what didn't, what allowed that stinky ball of fur to somehow worm its way into your heart. I want to show my brother these stories and let him see he's not alone, and let him see things from both sides. Many thanks.
(Oh and oblig photo of GSD puppy of his future nightmares - http://db.tt/wnEV0hDH