What To Do If You See A Yellow Ribbon On A Dog’s Leash

The Yellow Dog Project, as their Facebook page explains, “is a global movement for parents of dogs that need space.”

Because not every dog is comfortable being approached by strangers or dogs, founders of the Yellow Dog Project came up with a simple, universal and incredibly useful way to communicate with other dog owners.

When you see a yellow ribbon, bandana, vest, leash or collar, you should keep your distance.

Yellow Dogs are simply dogs that need some room – they are not necessarily aggressive, but more often are dogs who have issues with fear, are in pain from a recent surgery, are in service, or are working on obedience and training.

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If you have a dog who, for whatever reason, needs to be left alone, simply tie a yellow ribbon on their collar or their leash.

This says: “Hey, I’m a yellow ribbon dog, I need my space!”

The Yellow Dog Project seeks to educate individuals on the appropriate way to greet or make contact with another dog. Although most dogs look incredibly cute and inviting, approaching a strange dog without permission can lead to a stressful or dangerous situation for all parties.

While the Yellow Dog Project is changing the lives of dogs and dog owners across the world, it should not be used as an excuse. As their website states, the Yellow Dog Project is not a reason to avoid proper training, nor is it a waiver of responsibly. Owners with yellow ribbon dogs should be actively seeking out medical care, socialization classes or professional training.

Additionally, a yellow ribbon won’t stop everyone from approaching. In order to avoid accidents and stressful situations, keep your yellow ribbon dog away from highly populated areas, like cities, concerts and sporting events.

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And what if people ignore your yellow ribbon? Speak up. Be loud and clear about your dog’s needs. When someone asks if they can pet your dog, say “no” firmly. Do not apologize for all of the hard work you and your dog are doing!

Please remember to always ask before approaching any dog and listening to what the owner of a dog says!

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And remember, yellow ribbon or not, it is always a good idea to ask for permission before approaching a stranger’s dog.

For more information about this wonderful cause, visit The Yellow Dog Project’s website. Print out flyers, purchase products, and learn how to educate friends, family and strangers!

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