Project Yellow Dog protects pets, people

2014-04-30T00:00:00Z 2014-04-30T16:49:07Z Project Yellow Dog protects pets, people Arizona Daily Star
April 30, 2014 12:00 am

Ever see someone walking a dog with a yellow ribbon tied to the leash and wonder what it meant?

It's a signal to others that this dog needs a bit of space.

We've seen fliers in vet offices explaining the concept, and heard it mentioned occasionally at the park, but now we're glad to see that it's getting more exposure.

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona recently announced that it was taking part in this international effort to increase the safety of pets and people by ensuring some special dogs gets the necessary space while out of their comfort zone.

Yellow Dogs, as they are called, are animals that should not be approached by other dogs or people when they are on a leash, for a variety of reasons, the HSSA press release explained. Yellow Dogs are not considered aggressive, but because they are in training, or because of fear, pain, age or medical conditions are uncomfortable in social situations.

Here's the rest of the press release:

Yellow Dogs are recognizable by their yellow leash or a yellow ribbon attached to their leash or collar. When you see a dog with a yellow ribbon or leash give the dog its space, or ask permission to pet or approach the dog.

Putting a yellow ribbon on your dog’s leash is not a way to avoid proper training for your dog, nor does it absolve an owner of responsibility if they have an aggressive dog that causes harm to a person or another animal.

The Yellow Dog Project first began in Canada by a dog trainer, Tara Palardy. Palardy says, “I started to teach owners how to deal with their yellow dogs and that’s where this whole thing started, locally. I had no idea thousands of people would join.”

 Visit theyellowdogproject.com for more info.

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