Parents of young children often warn them not to approach a dog they do not know.
After all, we all know that some dogs are friendlier than others. Some dogs get along better with people, children and other dogs than others.
Dogs who have been abused, those who are skittish or anxious, those in training and dogs who do not get along well with children or other dogs can be a challenge for dog owners and parents alike.
Parents want to know if a dog is safe for their child to approach. Dog owners still want to be able to go out and about with their dog without fear.
Tara Palardy of Alberta, Canada came up with a brilliant way to identify dogs who need a little extra space.
The Yellow Dog Project was started to identify DINOS (Dogs In Need Of Space).
“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 with your dog. Please maintain distance or give this dog and his/her person time to move out of your way,” the project website states.
The yellow signal tells parents and other dog owners that this is not a dog that should be approached at will.
Instead, ask the dog’s owner if it is okay to approach, then respect what the person says. Their refusal may be protecting you, your dog or your child.
The Yellow Dog Project cautions owners that the yellow identification ribbon is not a waiver of responsibility.
It is simply a way to inform others that this is a dog that should only be approached with caution. It is still up to the dog’s owner to appropriately train and supervise him or her.
It is also important to remind children of all ages not to approach an unknown dog even if it does not have a yellow ribbon without first asking his/her person.
Source: The Dog Channel