DOGS WITH YELLOW RIBBONS ALERT ALL TO GIVE THE DOG SOME EXTRA SPACE

Have you noticed a dog with a yellow ribbon on their collar or harness? Chances are it’s not just decorative. The Yellow Dog Project is a global movement for dog owners. The yellow ribbon identifies the dog as one who “needs space”.

A “Yellow Dog” is not necessarily aggressive, but more often are dogs who have issues of fear, pain from a recent surgery, or is a rescue or shelter dog that has not yet had a lot of socialization or training.

The Yellow Dog Project wants to educate people about the appropriate ways to approach or make contact with a dog. That means that a dog is approached only with permission of the dog owner, whether or not the dog is a “yellow dog”. They also seek to promote the use of yellow ribbons to identify yellow dogs needing extra space.

Parents should instruct tell their children to always ask before approaching or petting any dog they see in public. If you see a dog wearing a yellow ribbon, respect the space around the dog and be sure to ask their owner before trying to approach the dog in any fashion, for the safety and well-being of both the dog and you.