our mastiff mix stella has always been aggressive to dogs especially little dogs and has never been trusted with certain dogs offlead. we started taking her with our labrador to the park early morning and met a few other dogs there and she was bit wary but one only pup so was ok.
she can now be offlead with the small group and even accepts other dogs that come on park while she is playing.
has always has a hatred of greyhounds and tries to choke herslef if one comes near however she was offlead and we didnt see a greyhound come into field until he was next to stella so started panicking. but one little sniff and then ignored him!
has also been playing with small terriers and breeds she normally trys to attack on sight and can walk offlead for our 2hr walk.
she has been running around with others and playing with footballs which she has never done before.she normally just sleeps all the time or stands next to us
do you think this is just a phase or getting like a 'second puppyhood' like people do or could she finally be well behaved and sociable. it is lovely to be able to take her to run on park without panicking at every little movement incase a dog runs up to her - as she is the bigger dog we have been told its her fault if anything happpens even if she didnt start it.
we havent changed anything except start taking her to main park so not sure why the sudden change of behaviour as she has been around other dogs a lot before and had the chance to run and play but she hasnt ever wanted to