How do I get in the house, with my room mates dog?
I've never had a German shepherd before and was minorly attacked as a child. I've had a general fear since then towards them, though I try to treat each dog I meet as individual and not generalize. I've always had a dog and love them to pieces. Still however, old scars take a long time to heal. I recently moved into an apartment with a girl who has a German Shepherd. She's the sweetest dog and has no problem with letting me pet her, rub her belly, give her treats, etc. I can walk right up to her alone or otherwise and am greeted with tail wags. She even gets jealous when I pet the cat and don't pay attention to her. That being said, she's somewhat aggressive when I try to enter the house on my own accord. She hasn't lunged at me, but will get in an aggressive stance, ears back, tail down and snarling. I close the door and wait for her human to open the door and of course the dog is then fine and ready for love.
I understand it's a bit of a learning curve, as she learns that I'm new but I'm okay to come inside too. The dog has been gone for a month and returned last night. I came home and she had been in my room mates room. When she let her out, she barked at me, but was wagging her tail and came right up to say hello and everything was fine. My fear is that we are back at square one, though now that I've lived in the house for some time, I'm more settled and my scent is around the house. I figured before I opened the door, I would say some things to her, so she can hear it's me. I spend a lot of time talking to her, petting her, etc. I also thought I would I have a treat ready as soon as I opened the door as positive reinforcement - kind of like "cool aunt".
I'm still nervous, however and am wondering what else I can do to gain her trust so that she understands it's okay for me to enter the house alone.