As a new dog owner or someone that dogsits, maybe you are not familiar with the yellow ribbon? You might be walking your new “client” to the dog park, and along comes a dog with a ribbon tied to its leash. Or you may just be out with your family at the park, and you see a furry friend with a yellow ribbon on its leash. But what does that mean?
The Yellow Ribbon:
If there is a dog that may not be friendly to children or has displayed anxious behavior, the signal to be careful is reflected by a yellow ribbon tied to its leash.
This does not mean that the dog is bad. It merely means that the dog may get overly excited and jump up onto you your child or it might rough play. Either way, you shouldn’t let your children go up to pet a dog that is wearing a yellow ribbon. Use caution when approaching.
Where it Began:
A nonprofit organization began to increase education and awareness around those dogs that need a bit more space around them for whatever reason. Like we said earlier, it does not mean that the dog is bad. It simply means that this particular furry friend needs its space.
Why a Yellow Ribbon:
The yellow ribbon is easy to spot usually. Also, yellow usually means caution, so it is suiting in this leash accessory.
There are several reasons that may be underlying the need for this dog requiring space. For example, the dog may suffer from anxiety, and if someone approaches him too fast, he may feel like he needs to react. Or if the dog is a rescue and had been abused, someone approaching him may make him feel scared. Or the dog may have a medical condition and needs space for that reason. The Yellow Dog Project helps people notify others of their pet’s need by displaying a yellow ribbon on its leash.
The organization helps to bring awareness to children and the public alike on proper techniques on how to approach the dog. The ultimate goal is to reduce opportunities for an unfortunate reaction or accident.
Next time you see a leash with a yellow ribbon, you will know what to do. Pass this information around so others can get educated about this ribbon. Knowledge = education = increased safety.
The Yellow Dog Project has a Facebook page where you can check out more information.
Source: Facebook and Yellow Ribbon Project