Have you seen a dog with a yellow ribbon on its leash lately? If you’ve wondered what it means, you are not alone. There is a new movement afoot whereby dog pet parents are encouraged to tie a yellow ribbons around a dog’s collar or leash to help children (and their parents) identify that they need to proceed with caution when approaching the dog.
Called the The Yellow Dog Project, the idea is sponsored by a global nonprofit of the same name, and is an effort to help raise awareness and education around dogs that require a little extra distance and care upon approaching.
This doesn’t mean the dog is aggressive, but that the dog needs a little extra space and time when interacting with humans (and even other dogs).
There are several reasons a dog may be wearing a yellow ribbon:
Working with volunteers, trainers, rescue organizations, the focus of the project is to assist with the proper techniques to approach a dog. Children have a lot of energy and often to run up and pet a dog. Not all dogs understand this and can become fearful. With proper education, all parties are put in a less stressful environment, which in turn reduces opportunities for an unforeseen accident.