The Yellow Dog Project

Wednesday, 3 October 2012  |  D for Dog

The Yellow Dog ProjectFor a few years now there has been talk in the dog world about having a universally recognised sign to clearly show when a dog does not want to be approached by other dogs or even people. If your dog is a dog in need of space (DINOS) wouldn't it be great if you could easily show this in a way that everyone can understand, even from a distance.

The Yellow Dog Project was created to bring awareness to dogs in need of space while training, recovering from surgery, being rehabilitated or for a variety of reasons. This new initiative has really taken off. The idea is simple. If you see a dog with a yellow ribbon or something yellow on the lead, this is a dog who wants or needs some space. Please do not approach the dog or let other dogs approach. Please keep your distance and give the dog the space they need.

There are many reasons why a dog may want or need space:

- health issues
- in training
- being rehabilitated
- scared or reactive around other dogs

This new world-wide initiative was started by dog trainer Tara just a few weeks ago yet it is already taking off. Tara explains "We have since grown to over 2000 members world wide, with over 39 countries represented on our website. We are striving to bring education as well as awareness to the project so that school age children, parents, and other dog owners will learn to quickly identify a dog in need of space (DINOS)."

The Yellow Dog project will soon be adding merchandise to their newly formed website. The shop will include t-shirts that say on the back "My dog is a yellow dog, please give us space". They also hope to start providing yellow ribbons from the website. You can download a free information postcard or poster, to help spread the word. Visit

Please help spread the word as much as possible, not just for the safety of DINOS but for the safety of everyone. This kind of scheme can only work if all dog owners and non-dog owners are aware of it. Thank you.

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