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A well-trained dog should stay with his/her owner while hiking. Ideally, they should not squeeze past other people on the trail. Dogs racing ahead have the tendency to push other hikers by mistake or even knock hiking poles. Eventually, many dogs will simply turn around again to check for their owners anyway, so the annoyance is doubled! This is especially a problem when dogs are muddy and wet from a dip in the local water source.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|