What It Means If A Dog Is Wearing Yellow

Dogs all have different personalities and comfort levels when it comes to strangers and human interaction. Several organizations are looking to create a universal sign for all dogs that are a little fearful and need their space.

March 20th is Dogs in Yellow Day to raise awareness for anxious and reactive dogs and give them the space they need.

The Yellow Dog Project’s (TYDP) goal is to spread awareness of the characteristics of a “yellow dog” and inform strangers on how to approach and interact with this dog. If you see a dog wearing a yellow ribbon on their leash or yellow at all, it means that dog needs their space. This does not mean they are all aggressive, but, just like some people, they have a large personal bubble.

So why the color yellow? “Because yellow shows caution, unlike red that shoes danger. Yellow Dogs are not dangerous, they just need space. Plus, yellow still stands out on a leash or collar so it can be seen,” commented TYDP.

Anxious and reactive dogs should seek training for fear issues, but owners can use yellow leash/harness as an aid while training. Sarah Jones witnessed firsthand how traumatized her dog was after being attacked by a dog as a puppy. She started the #dogsinyellow campaign to give anxious dogs space and keep more pets safe.

You should always ask to pet a dog and approach slowly. Please respect the owner and dog, as not all dogs like to be pet. If you have a dog please keep them on a leash, and do not allow your dog to interact with another dog unless you have permission.

If the other dog is wearing yellow, then do not approach. A lot of dogs are reactive to strange dogs that run up to them. This may be the first step to a color code system that will make walking your dog in public a more enjoyable experience for everyone.

Many shelter animals are fearful for one reason or another, but all they need is a patient person who is willing to take the time to help the animal overcome their fear. Who knows all that they have endured? So it is understandable that they might be afraid. Adopt a shelter pet and save a life!

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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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