August 26, 2008
My wife is afraid of stray dogs. Almost every night when we go out for our nightly walk, we see a stray dog and she freezes up no matter what the size of the dog. (I try to point out to her that the dogs always leave me alone and go straight for her because they sense her fear).
The other morning, a stray dog was outside when it was time for our son to go to school. He has to stand at the bus stop alone. There was a dog walking around the outside of our house.
I did not want our second son to pick up his mother’s fear of dogs so I wanted him to walk to the bus stop alone with me watching at a distance. I told him if he doesn’t freeze up the dog might sniff him but would probably leave him alone.
My wife insisted on driving him to the bus stop and staying with him until the bus picked him up. (My wife wants you to know that the dog was barking too).
Is the fear of a stray dog a rational fear?