I don't know why, but most of my adult life I have had a fear of dogs. I don't recall ever having been bitten by a dog. My ex had a ill tempered ill behaved poodle that I greatly disliked. The first dog I remember liking and trusting was my sister's huge German Shepherd. Once Blitz gets to know you, he is a big sweetheart. Slowly I have gotten to the point of letting a dog approach me without panicking. I let the dog approach me, I won't reach out to them, I won't touch them, until they have touched me gently. I fear being jumped on, a hard fall could have life changing implications for me and I am grossed out by dogs licking a person's face (I might have a panic attack if that happened to me.)
I have no idea where my reaction to dogs came from. It has gotten better. For the dog lovers, please understand some people are really uncomfortable around dogs they don't know and trust, and some of the behaviours you find endearing terrify others. What you see as affection, may be perceived as life threatening by others.
There, that is a little baring of my soul.
How do you feel about dogs?