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I was afraid of dogs as a kid - especially very big dogs. From her perspective, this giant dog towers over her and could hurt her just by bumping into her. She's probably eye-level to the dog's big mouth and teeth. Even today, as a rational adult who understands dogs much better than I did as a kid, I'd be pretty nervous if I met a dog the size of a draft horse that could fit my head in its mouth!

You know there's no danger, because the dog is sweet and well mannered. She isn't in a place where she can understand and/or process that yet. Don't try to force her to interact with the dog, just let her get used to it being around at a distance. Give her comfort if she needs it, and talk to your brother about whether the dog could get put away in a closed room if she becomes very distressed during visits. It's important she understands that you will protect her and respect her feelings - especially fear - even when you don't understand them yourself.
 
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