We’ve noticed dogs being walked with yellow ribbons, or other yellow markers, on their leads. When we asked what it meant, we were directed to The Yellow Dog Project.

It’s an attempt to create a standardised sign to other dog walkers that a dog with the yellow ribbon needs some space. There are many reasons for this. For example, the dog may:

  • have health issues
  • be in training
  • be in rehabilitation
  • be scared of or reactive towards other dogs

So if you see a dog with a yellow ribbon on its lead, don’t approach it yourself or with your dog. And give the dog and its owner time to move out of your way.

If your dog has an issue that means it’s best for other dogs to keep their distance, consider tying a yellow ribbon to its lead. The more yellow ribbons there are out there, the quicker it will become a recognised sign — and the happier every dog and its owner will be.

Darcy sporting a yellow ribbon