Friday, February 27

What does a yellow ribbon on a leash mean?

The Yellow Dog Project is a world-wide project to create awareness that some dogs need space.  They might need space for a variety of reasons.

Some dogs wear yellow collars and/or leads like Nan the Ham, an FBRN grad:

Or you can buy yellow vests for your dog:

You may see dogs with yellow ribbons tied to their leashes:

And crafty people have found ways to make yellow covers for their collars and leashes:

Whatever you do, if you choose to put a yellow ribbon on your dog, be sure it's visible, or you may defeat the purpose.  This yellow ribbon may be too small to see from a half block away.  Remember, you are asking other dog owners to give you time to get out of the way, but they must be able to see the ribbon in plenty of time to do that.

This ribbon might be too small to be seen at a distance

If you don't have a dog who needs a yellow ribbon, remember the essentials of dog-walking etiquette:

Especially keep in mind that not all dogs are as friendly as yours, and you may be setting your dog up for serious injuries if a dog who needs space feels trapped or endangered.  Many dogs do not respond well when they are on a lead and an unleashed dog runs up to them.  The leashed dog has nowhere to go and can't escape.  Imagine how you'd feel if you were in an elevator and someone came running in and started assaulting you.  You might fight back.  For many dogs, being leashed in the company of an unleashed dog puts them in a one-down position, and if they are already feeling vulnerable because of an injury or illness or old age, the assault by an unleashed dog might make them bite in self-defense.

Dogs who need space are not bad dogs.  But just as people have different personalities, dogs have different personalities, and some dogs need space during different times in their lives.  Think twice before judging and grumbling about yellow dogs.  Some day your dog might need a yellow ribbon on his lead!

If you see a dog with a yellow vest, collar, lead, or ribbon, be sure to make a special effort to control your dog and/or give the yellow-ribbon dog a chance to cross the street or turn a corner or otherwise pass you quietly by.  It's the kind thing to do.

We plan to keep our eyes peeled the next time we are out and about in the kingdom.

Yellow dogs in our neighborhood need not fear!  Vigilance and compassion are the very watchwords of

The Frog Princess


Anonymous said...

Good to know, thanks for the info!

Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful idea and site is a REAL shame that it is not MANDATORY for all dog owners to read !
I cannot count the number of times that someone allows "fluffy" to run up to my dog whom we mostly keep on leash . "oh Fluffy is friendly they will ,often shout out , even though I hollar call your dog--Trouble is MY DOG WILL EAT fluffy in a second..

reflective fabric said...

For safety purposes, high visibility Safety vest and Reflective tape are going to make you far more visible.