If you see a dog with a YELLOW RIBBON or something yellow on the leash, this is a dog who needs some space. Please do not approach this dog. Please maintain distance or give this dog and his/her person time to move out of your way.
The Yellow Dog Project is a global movement for owners of dogs that need space. The goal is to educate dog owners to identify their dogs that need space and to educate the public on how to have appropriate contact with these dogs.
Dogs identified as “yellow dogs” can be aggressive, but more often are dogs who have issues such as fear, pain from recent surgery or are a rescue or shelter dog who has not yet had sufficient training or mastered obedience. Other dogs may be in training for work or service, are currently in service, or be experiencing other issues specific to the individual dog.
The Yellow Dog Project seeks to educate the public on appropriate ways to approach or make contact with a dog – with permission of a dog owner – regardless of whether or not a dog is a “yellow dog.” Owners of a “yellow dog” can identify their dog as such by tying a yellow ribbon on the dog’s leash.