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My friend Cody owns a 2 1/2 year old chocolate lab. Her name is Alice, and she is sweet as can be. She is potty trained and extremely friendly to any and all humans she meets. Countless people come through their house and Alice has had the chance to meet many of them. She has been through party after party, casual get-together after casual get-together, and is very well accustomed to meeting new people. I go over to his house frequently. Every time I come over, I give Alice the usual greeting. I pet her and talk to her, typical sweet greetings that you would give to a dog. And every time, she ends up peeing. Now. The odd thing is that Cody has countless people over, and they all give her the same treatment. She gets excited around every guest, and they give her, sometimes more and sometimes less, the same attention. For every other visitor, she has not ONCE peed. It is so strange!!! Once I went over to their house with a friend. My friend pet Alice and got her very excited, petting her and talking to her, telling her what a good dog she was, and nothing happened. I walked over and pet her, did the same exact thing, and she peed all over the floor. This happens without fail. We thought maybe it was just an issue for the week but I skipped seeing Alice for about a month and with my returning visit she did the same thing. It is so peculiar, and we are ever so curious as to this strange habit Alice has aquired. Any ideas??
 

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it maybe the way you are approaching her. Try not to bend over her and just stand up straight and ignore her and walk right by. Some dogs get nervous around some people, especially if they have a particularly strong approach.

A friend of mine has two Retrievers also and her female had a UTI infection for a while. but I doubt thats what it is if it's so selective and only happens when greeting
 

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It sounds as if she's being submissive to you. Is there something in your history (were you her trainer, did you keep her for a while, etc.) that you can think of that might prompt her to be submissive? As someone said, that could be as simple to correct as changing the way you approach her or your posture when you are near her. If she's not being submissive, it could be a UTI, so checking for a potential physical cause won't hurt, either.
 

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It's hard to do, but just try it. Like the others have said, when you go there, act like she's not even there. Don't look at her, talk to her or touch her. Go on about your business as if your friend doesn't even have a dog. If she approaches you, don't look at her, but put your hand out so she can easily get to it and sniff it. If you have a nice treat in your hand, even better. You want to let her do ALL the approaching (play hard-to-get). LOL Maybe on this visit, you don't look at her at all, but during subsequent visits, you can slowly and gradually start to act normal again. Make your movements slow and predictable. That should help her to get to know that she doesn't need to be submissive and eventually, you can greet her jsut like everyone else.
 
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