The yellow ribbon – good idea or not?!
The YellowВ Dog Project is a movement created for dogs that need space.В By tying aВ yellowВ ribbon or something similar to the dog’s leash you are indicating thatВ this dog needs space, for whatever reasonВ (or perhaps the human walking the dog… either way).
However, there has been much debateВ with this whole ‘yellow ribbon please ignore us’ movement. What do you think? Can you see the downsides? Are people taking it too far? Are we assuming the worst if a dog is wearing this ribbon on their leash?
Shortly after IВ becameВ aware of the Yellow Dog Project, I read many blog posts and articles touching base on the potential downsides to this movement. After swaying back and forth and weighing in the good and possible negative sides to the yellow ribbon, I have formed my opinion.
The movement was intended to create awareness and provide a clear indicator that your dog needs a little more space. I think this is a great idea and positive way to makeВ this statement. I’ve seen alternatives toВ theВ yellow ribbon, such asВ harnesses and leashes that have text printed on them saying things such as, “do not pet”. I think the yellow ribbon leaves it wide open to the reason the dog may need space. My only hope would be that people would not jump to conclusionsВ assuming that the dog wearing the ribbon must be aggressive.
While we as dog owners do control the situation that we expose our dogs to, I do believe that there are many unknowns in any given scenario.В AndВ ultimately you should be the one looking out for a dog you are handling that needs a little extra space,В butВ if others are aware as well it will work much better. Just imagine walkingВ in aВ neighborhood and rather than having to “shoo” off an approaching strangerВ that clearly wants to see the dog, they see the ribbon and understand. Now, for creatingВ a wide awareness…