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Help Your Clients Overcome the Fear of Dogs – Learn about the Fear of Dogs Protocol (OFOD) Presented by Stefani Cohen

  • Wednesday, June 08, 2022
  • 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday, June 02, 2026
  • Recorded Webinar


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Join us for this webinar where Stefani a licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in parent coaching and child development discussed how cynophobia (fear of dogs) develops and how the use of exposure therapy can treat it.  Stefani  developed the Overcoming Fear of Dogs Protocol (OFOD) and will walk the audience through the system  so they can use it to help people learn to feel more comfortable around dogs.

The webinar will focus on safety around dogs, reading dog body language and the benefits of the human animal bond. 

This webinar is for anyone  who are afraid of dogs, parents of fearful children, dog trainers, therapists, therapy dog handlers, teachers, dog lovers - pretty much everyone!

Learning Objectives

  • To educate people on the fear of dogs and how it develops
  • To grasp the OFOD process and how it can be implemented to help people overcome the fear of dogs. 

About Your Presenter

Stefani Cohen - LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)

As a parenting expert, I have over thirty years of experience working with parents to help them develop and implement positive parenting strategies to maximize their children’s social and emotional development.

I have developed a niche of helping children who are afraid of dogs overcome their fear through exposure therapy using a live dog. Together with my canine assistants, we have also done presentations for school children and scout troops on humane education, kindness to animals and bite prevention.

My love of animals, especially dogs, developed when I was a young child. Dogs have always been an integral part of my life. When I realized that my daughter, Becky, was afraid of dogs I began to develop and implement the Overcoming Fear of Dogs Protocol (OFOD).

Since then I have perfected this method and have helped many children to feel safe and comfortable around dogs. My book is the culmination of my efforts. It was born out of my wish and need for guidance when I needed resources to help my daughter overcome her fear of dogs. I basically wrote the book I wish I had had back then.

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