Not every dog is the fun-loving, wiggly, social butterfly that stars in pet commercials and charm the masses at the dog park. If you have a dog that isn’t good with strangers or other dogs, you know that often the biggest hurdle in your daily walk is warning people and their dogs to stay away. There’s a campaign and some products on the market aimed at helping.
Yellow ribbon campaign
If you see a light turn yellow or flashing yellow lights, you know to proceed with caution. However, what do you do when you see a dog with a yellow ribbon on his or her leash?
Dog trainers and advocates have launched a yellow ribbon campaign for dogs – that is aimed at giving people warning if their dog needs space. The concept is very simple – yellow means caution – a yellow ribbon on a leash means to be cautious as well.
While many dogs are friendly, there are others that need space either all the time or at least as they are warming up to new people or dogs. The yellow ribbon can signify many things –
- A dog is in training and doesn’t want to be disturbed.
- A dog has health issues.
- A dog is frightened outdoors.
- A dog may not like other dogs or unfamiliar people.
Color-coded collars and leashes
Another very cool product also uses a multi-color system as a warning top people approaching unknown dogs.
- Red collar/harness and leash means that you should proceed with caution.
- An orange collar/harness and leash means that dogs are friendly toward adults and children, but not good with other dogs.
- Green collars/harnesses and leashes mean dogs are friendly toward people and other dogs.
- White depicts dogs that may be either deaf or blind.
- Bright yellow is for a dog waiting for adoption and light yellow is a nervous dog.
- Finally, blue depicts dogs in training.
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