Yellow Ribbon Campaign Hopes to Raise Awareness of Dogs Needing Space

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Dog health and safety are always two big concerns for us dog lovers.  Sometimes, unfortunately, human safety around dogs needs to be a concern for us as well.  This new movement, called The Yellow Dog Project aims to keep both humans and dogs a little more safe while interacting with the general public.

Tying a yellow ribbon around the leash you are using with you furry best friend is the simple idea being put into practice across the country by many dog owners.  It is supposed to serve as a warning that your dog may need a little extra space.  So the idea is quite simple, but it works.

Your dog could need this little extra space for many reasons.  These reasons range from the dog having health issues all the way up to “puppy in training” for those over-eager pups that are just starting out on the path to learning proper etiquette when it comes to meeting new people.

The Yellow Dog Project wants to start a culture where people get used to asking before petting when they see this yellow ribbon tied to the leash.  This will hopefully cut down on the number of “attacks” that easily could have been prevented.

So, weather your dog is a rescue just going through it’s first steps in rehabilitation and may be a bit scared of interacting with new people, or maybe he or she is older and arthritic, the yellow ribbon around the leash means “give me my space.”

For more information on the Yellow Dog Project, you can visit their website by clicking here.  You can get all kinds of wonderful information, from the beginnings of the movement, all the way up to how to volunteer and spread the word in your area about what the aim of the project is, and how people and dogs can benefit from this awesome idea.

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34 thoughts on “Yellow Ribbon Campaign Hopes to Raise Awareness of Dogs Needing Space”

  1. You should always ask before petting an animal, regardless. Even the sweetest or best trained animals can react negatively if they are frightened, startled, or feel threatened.

  2. and while you’re at it, keep your dog, I don’t care how “friendly” he is” on a LEASH at all times while in public places. thanks, from those of us who walk dog-aggressive/reactive dogs.

    • I understand Annie, my advice for those that have friendly dogs that think it’s ok to walk them unleashed – please follow leash laws. Please. My rescue just completed 5 weeks of Behavioral Training, now every Saturday my husband and I will be trained to handle him. Our rescue was perfect with the trainer, but he is still not ready to be socialized. People with unleashed dogs are irresponsible because they are only thinking of their dogs being good, they don’t think of others. Once an unleashed dog approached my rescue and I told the owner to recall her dog, she kept saying how friendly he was, I replied it’s not your dog, but my rescue. She didn’t recall her dog, so my husband had to run away with the rescue trying to lunge and attack the unleashed dog. I grabbed the unleashed dog to save him. I just don’t get people. I never have even my friendly none rescue dog off leash ever – she could run into the street, see another dog or cat or squirrel and go after it, anything can happen. Better safe than sorry.

  3. While I think this is a great idea, people should always ask before petting a dog. A lot of times, our dog stops and stares at people, which ‘invites’ them over. I’m fine with it, but I always make sure to hold onto his collar so that he can’t jump up. He’s very friendly, but very rambunctious – he has (playfully) taken down two kids in our backyard. I couldn’t blame the dog because both kids did not listen on how to react around him.


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