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In a message dated 10/25/2002 7:26:45 AM Mountain Daylight Time,
> . That's one of the reasons I really appreciate hikers making their dogs sit
> beside them while I pass. It reassures me that they do have control of
> their animal in a very unobstrusive, quiet way and gives me the decision of
> whether to interact with the dog.
This is our routine when I take my Standard Poodle on trails. She benefits
in that she gets lots of praise and also that it has a very reassuring,
calming effect on her. Believe it or not, whispering to her quietly, when I
see someone approaching whom I believe will alarm her, has a marvelous
result. She gets it.