I used to be afraid of dogs. Big dogs. Little dogs. Mean dogs. Friendly dogs. It made no difference. I did not like them and they did not like me. Then I met a tiny, sleepy King Charles Cavalier; my wife and I named her Anna, brought her to our house, and watched as she took over our home.
Anna is affable and has an outgoing personality. She loves dogs and people of all sizes, and as a result it has become impossible for me not to learn to interact with all types of other dogs.
For me, this has opened a whole new world of relationships with animals and their guardians.