Alrighty, so my boyfriend lives in a house with a shit ton of people and one of them (I have no idea who) got a puppy from the pound or something recently. This dog has a problem with women in general, and growls (I mean serious growling, eyes locked on me and can't be distracted by anything) every time I walk in the same room as it. Being afraid of dogs in general myself, this makes me pretty scared, and while I don't physically freak out (I generally just get out of the room as soon as possible) that seems to teach the dog that there's a valid reason to hate me. (Dog logic: If she wasn't breaking into the house why would she be scared of me?)
The dog's still kind of a puppy right now, so it's not too scary, but I have a feeling that I should get friendly with him pretty soon before he grows into a dog who, as he is not trained well, I could see hurting me.
So, bottom line is, how do I get acquainted with a dog I'm afraid of who seriously has never stopped growling at me without getting bit?