Being afraid isn't necessarily a bad thing. A good healthy bit of fear under certain circumstances can keep a person from becoming a statistic. It's only when our fear becomes so extreme and we are unable to function, it is then time to take action and try to over come that fear.
For those who know me, you might be surprised to learn that when I was little I was very afraid of dogs. My mother told me I would start crying even if I heard a dog bark somewhere. My parents decided I needed a little "hair of the dog". So when I was around two years old they got a dog. A female boxer puppy, they named her Fromme (a family surname). They placed me in one corner of the kitchen and the puppy in the opposite corner. I screamed and the dog shook. Poor Fromme didn't know what to make of the wailing banshee opposite her.
Jackie & Fromme 1950
Fromme had a couple litters of puppies, which added more dogs to the household. As the picture below shows I was now very comfortable with dogs.
My parents kept a male puppy from Fromme's last litter. They named him Flubadub. Now if you're old enough to remember the Howdy Doody show you'll know the origin of the name. If not this will help: Howdy Doody Club. Flubadub defiantly lived up to his namesake, he was a crazy dog, but handsome. My father showed both dogs in local dog shows and they both won several ribbons and trophies. But as far as my brother, sister and I were concerned they were just our beloved four legged friends.
Both dogs died when I was in high school, a very sad time for all of us. But they gave much love and enjoyment to the whole family. Over the years I've been a dog Mom to 5, mostly rescues. Fromme will always have a special place in my heart, because of her I overcame one of my fears.
Jackie & Flubadub 1953
As a side note, the AVMA in 2008 denounced the practice of ear cropping and tail docking as painful and unnecessary.
A thought to ponder: Always strive to be the person your dog thinks you are.