So, have you heard of The Yellow Dog Project??
I think this is an amazing idea! Please spread the word to everyone you know…not just dog owners. By simply tying a yellow ribbon on a dog’s leash, you are giving the world a heads up not to approach. The reason why the dog needs space really isn’t important. All you need to know is to stay clear and respect the pooch and his or her walker.
I am amazed at how many people – adults and children – never hesitate to approach a dog I am walking without my permission. Not only are the completely unaware of the dog’s mentality, 9 times out of 10 they move towards the dog in the COMPLETELY wrong way. (How would you feel if you were enjoying a nice leisurely stroll and all of a sudden a complete stranger reached out and lunged at your face?) Yes, I realize that most dogs we come into contact with on a day-to-day basis are sweet, loving, and forgiving of our bad manners…but that still doesn’t mean we should make them uncomfortable. And, as The Yellow Dog Project reminds us, there are a number of pups out there on the street that just need a little breathing room.
So let’s all remember our manners when approaching a dog – and remember it is never to young to teach our children to respect our pets. Keep your eyes peeled for yellow ribbons on our neighborhood leashes. It’s just a little thing you can do to make one pooch’s life (and the life of his parents!) a little bit better.
For more info on The Yellow Dog Project, visit www.theyellowdogproject.com.