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One thing you can try is staying under his threshold. This means, if he is at a 5, not focused, not responding, he's too close to the dog/person triggering his reaction. And, when he's at that point, he's not really going to learn anything. So, instead of just pulling over to the side of the trail, you may have to move farther away from the other dog/person.

You'll have to experiment to see what his threshold distance is; basically, it's whatever distance he can be calm and respond to you at. Do you use treats to try to get his attention? I know from experience, though, if you are under the threshold (too close), even treats don't work.

As for other people petting him when you finally get him calm, you can position yourself so you are in between them and your dog, and tell them before they get close enough that you are in training, and you'd appreciate them not petting your dog. If you are in between them and your dog, it can be hard for them to pet him.
Besides, if you are in between them and your dog, it puts at least a little bit of a barrier between the trigger and your dog. :)
 
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