The Yellow Dog Project

The Yellow Dog Project was created to bring awareness to dogs who need space while training, recovering from surgery, or being rehabilitated.

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We posted here recently about the importance of reading your dog’s body language, and the potential danger of allowing strangers to approach your pup. Now, we know we’re a bit late to the game on this, but we’ve just been made aware of The Yellow Dog Project, which may be a way to easily signal your pooch needs some extra space. A piece in explained:

Tara, a trainer/dog walker in Red Deer, Alberta has come up with a good idea about ways to alert others about a dog who might need a little “space” from another dog on a leash. She calls it the Yellow Dog Project and founded this movement only a couple of months ago. As you know, there are many reasons why a leashed dog might require a safe distance from another dog—health and behavioral reasons, primarily…

How much easier it would be if we all understood that a dog with a yellow ribbon or something in yellow on their leash, said it for us instead. So hooray to Tara—help her spread the word.

We think this is a wonderful idea, but wonder how difficult it will be to get the message out to the general public. On the other hand, a yellow ribbon is something that anyone can get his hands on at relatively little cost (as opposed to purchasing a special “do not touch” signal). What do you all think – have any of you seen Yellow Dogs around town? Visit the Yellow Dog Project website here.


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