At Kindt Clinics you can overcome
your fear of dogs
We are a team of experienced psychologists and a general practitioner specialized in the treatment of dog phobia and other fears. The freedom of a life without unnecessary fear, that is what Kindt Clinics stands for.
Living freely without dog phobia
Anyone who is not used to being around dogs may experience some tension in the presence of a dog. But when the fear of dogs is excessive, we call it a dog phobia.
Rationally, people with dog phobia know that the chance that a dog is actually life-threatening is small, but the body reacts as if it is in serious danger
Because millions of dogs are kept as pets, almost all of which go for a walk outside several times a day, the fear of dogs is often very hindering.
Symptoms of fear of dogs
At Kindt Clinics we treat dog phobia within one day
Kindt Clinics was founded by Prof. Dr. Merel Kindt, from the University of Amsterdam. She developed the fast and effective Memrec method for the treatment of fear. We welcome people from all over the world.
A treatment process consists of a no-obligation online intake interview, a treatment session and a check. During the treatment session, we summon the fear briefly and powerfully, after which you will be given a single pill (a commonly used beta-blocker). In 90% of people, the unrealistic fear of dogs has disappeared permanently, as has been shown in scientific research and the years of practical experience. The phobia of dogs is one of the most treated fears at Kindt Clinics.
Costs and reimbursement
In the Netherlands, the treatment is always largely or fully covered by the basic health insurance.
That is why you will always be fully or largely reimbursed for the treatment of dog phobia.
Other people's experiences
If you have a fear of dogs, you may prefer not to see images of dogs. Therefore, in the video below, you see footage of a treatment of fear of heights and chicken phobia, both shown in the Canadian documentary program The Nature of Things.
“Special. on the day of the treatment I really plunged into my fear. My heartbeat was really in my throat, and I felt tension everywhere. Then the pill, and I adhered to the guidelines. I really didn't know what to expect from the test, but when I came in and was confronted again with the dog it was so different.
The tension that I felt during the treatment and actually all my life was completely gone. As if nothing had ever happened ...
And confrontations with other dogs also went very well. I dare to pet them, let them lick my hand, let them run around me. Only barking scares me a bit, but not so much that I want to run away. ”
Of course I did not like the “exposure part” with the dog, but the treatment around it was made as comfortable as possible; The room was very relaxing, they told me exactly what was going to happen and how it works and I enjoyed talking to Maartje and Merel, which was distracting. Thank you so much!!
What could be better? I would not change anything in the treatment process. Perhaps it could be a good idea to put the videos that are on youtube (more prominently) on the website. They were the deciding factor for me to do this treatment and were also valuable to remember during the treatment. ”
Frequently asked questions about the treatment of the fear of dogs
Memrec for dog phobia is unique because of its short duration (2 physical appointments) and high effectiveness (83% pass). The treatment starts with an intake interview (video call). Then we plan the treatment.
On the day of the treatment you come to Kindt Clinics, and we start with a chat. When you are ready, the practitioner takes you to a room with a dog in it. The practitioner helps you to evoke the fear in the right way. It speaks for itself that you will never be surprised or forced to do anything. Then you will be given the pill (a beta blocker) and you will stay with us for 2 hours for the resting period.
A day (or a few days) later you come back and we test the effect. You should immediately notice that the strong physical response is absent when you see the dog again. We take the time to get used to this experience and build your confidence. We often also go to a nearby park to experience how you react to other dogs.
After the treatment, we like to keep in touch, and you are always welcome for an extra practice session.
Every dog phobia is different. For one person it can be mainly about the barking, and for another it is about the unexpected movements.
Some people only fear specific breeds, and others all dogs are frightening. Some may find puppies cute, others fear their playfulness. In short: cynophobia comes in many forms.
With the Memrec treatment, we ask many questions about the fear during the intake interview, to ensure that we include all aspects of it during the treatment. We choose a dog that is suitable for your fear.
Do we use a large dog during the treatment, but are you also afraid of small dogs? The effect of the treatment should generalize to all types of dogs. We will of course test this with you.
For the Memrec treatment, it does not matter whether you have recently been afraid of dogs or have been your whole life. It also doesn't matter whether you know how your fear arose. A treatment is successful for us if dogs no longer hinder you in your daily life. You don't have to become a dog friend, but you should be able to walk past a dog without panicking.
On the day after the treatment, you should notice that the strong physical response to dogs has disappeared. Sometimes people still feel a bit tense, afraid that the fear will return. We will practice with you to give you the confidence that the fear will stay away.
Be careful with unfamiliar dogs
With dog phobia it is good to realize that it is normal and sensible to be careful with unfamiliar dogs. There are dogs that can become aggressive when they are approached in the wrong way. If, because you are not familiar with dogs, you do not recognize those signals properly, a dog can be dangerous. The real and functional fear that prevents you from approaching unfamiliar dogs just like that, naturally persists after the treatment.
83% of dog phobia treatments are successful in one go. The effect is permanent.
The most important success factors are: we must be able to properly reactivate the fear, and you must be motivated enough to overcome your fear.
In order for the treatment to be successful, we work with a real dog. What it takes to trigger the fear in the right way varies from person to person. As difficult as it is, it helps if you immerse yourself into the fear for once. Of course we never surprise or force you to do anything.