I have a (nearly) 8 year old female Labrador, who has always been extremely sweet around humans.
In her early days, she played with the other neighbourhood dogs without a problem, but when I moved to London (UK), it became hard to socialize her, as I was in a less nice part of town where most dogs were raised to be aggressive.
Since then I moved to a much nicer part of London, but sadly most of the dogs around were cat-sized, and quite yappy, which she didn't particularly like. It was in this part of town that she got bitten by a Bull Mastiff.
Since then I've had troubles with her around other dogs. She has no interest in playing or being around them, and has started launching herself at other dogs when they get close.
I have no idea of how to fix this behaviour, and I thought i'd turn to you for some guidance.
Is there some particular training I should do with her? Change some things that will make it easier further down the line?
I'm conscious that dogs have different personalities, and I don't want to force her to be around other dogs if she doesn't like it, but at the same time, I don't want her pulling me or my girlfriend towards other dogs when we're walking her, or worse yet, launch herself at other dogs when she's off lead in the park playing with the ball.
I should note that she's never bitten anything or anyone, though she does look like she's trying when she gets aggressive towards other dogs.
I would really, really appreciate any guidance you may be able to give me in this matter.