Help for kids who fear dogs

Beginning Nov. 5, a Montreal therapist is offering a two-part course to help kids get over their fears.

Little kids sometimes perceive dogs as threatening, and may cry or run away when they see one. Older children may be ashamed of their fears, wondering if they are “weird” for feeling afraid.

To help children of all ages overcome their fears, Montreal therapist Vikki Stark is offering sessions, starting November 5, 2011 at 10 a.m., where kids can talk about their fears and then get to know a dog named Chloe (who Stark calls her “co-therapist) in a safe environment. Stark says the sessions will “educate children about dogs and give them the chance to make friends with a very sweet, friendly dog.” She adds that parents will learn strategies for supporting and helping their kids.

Children must participate in two sessions. The cost is $150 for both sessions, which take place at the Sedona Centre, 5708 Monkland Ave., N.D.G. For more information, call (514) 487-2828.