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Old January 15th, 2008, 02:22 PM
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Hi, i was wondering if any of you knew if there were security dogs at the Port of Miami? My 4 year old has a HUGE fear of dogs. It is a problem a lot of places we go. We recently took a trip to Europe and there were some dogs in the airport (They were even far away) and she flipped a lid and caused a big commotion.

I just want to know what to expect with her behavior. Thanks......
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I don't remeber seeing any dogs there in February of '07.

My wife, too, is afraid of big dogs and would definitely have brought them to my attention.
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There are dogs at the Port Of Miami but I have never seen them anywhere near a passenger. Normally you would not even see them.
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I seem to remember seeing one in Feb a little beagle with the DEA
Maybe mention it to the ship's personnel before you disembark they may be able to check and see if any are in the port area.
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A few years ago, I did see dogs there, but the last few times, I haven't. Its really for everyones protection, hopefully they won't be near people.
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Hi, i was wondering if any of you knew if there were security dogs at the Port of Miami? My 4 year old has a HUGE fear of dogs. It is a problem a lot of places we go. We recently took a trip to Europe and there were some dogs in the airport (They were even far away) and she flipped a lid and caused a big commotion.

I just want to know what to expect with her behavior. Thanks......
Poor thing. I hope your child grows out of it or gets over the fear via some other way.
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Last September the sniffer dog, a very handsome black lab, was checking out the luggage only, not passengers.

I am curious, why is your daughter afraid of dogs? Was she bitten or scared early on? I was bitten by a collie mix when I was 5, but I didn't have any problems, probably because my own dog (a mini poodle) and any my cousins poodle would snap and bite at me any chance they could. I didn't have a problem with other breeds, but the poodles I knew, good grief! Have you considered getting her help to get over her fear. I have to admit, some dogs do scare me, but you can usually tell when you look at then for a few seconds of they are friendly or not. Personally, I am a cat person, but I do like dogs (cats eat less, easier to care for, and easier to cuddle/snuggle when you need a snuggle/cuddle!).

The only thing you can do if she can't get over th e fear is to tell her the dogs are there to work and they will not interact with you, even if they are sniffing you out waiting at baggage claim. A child freaking out is a sure way to get yourself checked by customs.....
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Just returned from a cruise - Port of Miami, Feb 17- 2008 when picking up my luggage there was a DEA person and his German Shepherd - he was having the dog sniff the luggage. I was close enough I could have reached out and touched. The handler was between myself and the dog.
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