My issues are nothing to do with fear. It is a workplace and therefore pets have no place in it. It is a distraction from what you are there to do. That is work. It just isn't needed. For those for whom fear is an option, it should be their choice how to handle it. It is a shame that they miss out on the positive sides of dogs, but that isn't your call to make. If they were a policeman/woman who had to work with dogs as part of their job, I agree, then socialisation at work would be a positive. It is not a scenario needed in a FE college though.