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For the safety of other hikers

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While all hikers seem to think their dog "isn't aggressive," exploring a new trail can sometimes result in a dog displaying uncharacteristic behaviors, especially if they encounter a new situation that makes them feel threatened. When an unleashed dog on the trail displays aggressive or overly excited behavior, many hikers perceive this as a danger and respond accordingly, sometimes even shooting dogs that are off-leash.

If your dog is off-leash, it also will be likely to go off-trail. On some terrain, this can pose a major rockslide risk that can seriously injure or kill you or other hikers.

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