If you’ve ever spotted a dog out and about wearing a yellow ribbon or bandana on their collar or lead, this is much more than just a dapper fashion statement – the yellow ribbon is designed to allow other dog owners to recognise when another dog needs a little more space than normal, and to keep their own dogs in check.
This entirely voluntary system is becoming ever-more widespread across the country, and helps to make life a lot easier for the owners of dogs who like to be given plenty of room, or that otherwise should not be approached – but there are a still a reasonable number of dog owners who are not aware of the meaning of the ribbon.
If you’ve spotted a dog out and about wearing a yellow ribbon and want to find out more about what this means, or are interested in learning whether or not using a yellow ribbon on your own dog might be appropriate, we will explain everything you need to know in this article.
Read on to find out what you need to know about dogs who wear a yellow ribbon.
The use of the yellow ribbon began from The Yellow Dog Project, which is a registered charity designed to raise awareness about dogs that need a little space when out in public. When other dog owners spot and understand the meaning of a dog wearing a yellow ribbon or bandana, it gives them the opportunity to keep their own dog in check and stop them from making an approach, and to give the dog in question space when passing them.
There are a whole host of different reasons why a dog owner might decide that their dog needs some space, which we will cover in more detail later on – but if you spot a dog wearing yellow accessories, the best approach is to keep your own dog near to you, and not to approach the dog directly either with your dog or on your own.
This helps to make life easier for other dog owners, as well as yourself and your own dog.
Pretty much every dog owner has faced an issue with their dog at some point that could benefit from a little space between them and other dogs or people, and the yellow ribbon or bandana can be used in a wide range of different situations, as either a short term or long term approach to requesting a little space.
The ribbon doesn’t guarantee that other dog owners will appreciate its meaning or stay back, but it does give well informed dog owners some insights, and so, the more people that are aware of the project, the better for all concerned.
Some of the great many reasons why another dog might be wearing a yellow ribbon or bandana include:
First of all, if you spot a yellow ribbon or bandana on another dog, recall your own dog to you and put them on the lead so that you can control their movements. Try to keep yourself and your dog at a distance from the other party, and if you need to pass the other dog at close quarters – such as on a pavement or within a narrow space, communicate with the other dog’s owner if possible, and follow their lead.
As well as keeping your own dog at a distance, you shouldn’t try to touch the other dog or get into their personal space yourself either, unless you have spoken to the owner and they give you the ok. Some dog wearing yellow ribbons may still be able to greet and interact with other dogs or people – but always take your cues from the dog’s owner, and don’t think that simply because your own dog is sociable and friendly, it will be ok.