So many people love dogs. When you walk down the street and see a fluffy nutter butter, your first instinct is to want to pet them and let your dog or child meet them right? Have you ever considered this might not be safe for you, your children or dog?
There are all kinds of reasons a dog may need extra space. It does not always mean a dog is aggressive. Dogs can have a medical issue, may be recovering from surgery, may need to restrict their movement or excitement level. The dog may have fear or anxiety issues or may not be child friendly. They could be a rescue or shelter dog who is still acclimating to their new surroundings, etc.
Daisy is a deaf dog rescue. While she is very loving, she is very fearful which causes her to be extremely leash reactive. She is by far the most reactive to other dogs but on occasion she gets uncomfortable when people are walking toward or too close to us. She is terrified of children and strollers. As you can imagine, we do a lot of bobbing and weaving when we are on our walks. We do our best to avoid unsolicited encounters, but it causes me a ton of anxiety.
The No Kill movement (check out NKLA) is huge, and growing more and more every day. I am a huge supporter of it and want to see it continue to grow. As it does though, I feel that we also have a responsibility to educate the public about shelter dogs and how they may need special accommodations, treatments and / or special attention. Dogs coming out of shelters need time to adjust and certainly may need their space on their walks.
As a deaf doggie rescue mom who’s pup needs space, I was so happy to hear about The Yellow Dog Project. The Yellow Dog Project is a non-profit organization that has created a global movement to increase awareness on the proper way to approach a dog and to assist dog owners by clearly identifying your dog needs space by tying a yellow ribbon to their leash.
I have tied a yellow ribbon to Daisy’s leash and I need your help to spread the word and raise awareness about what it means. It’s such a simple solution to a huge source of anxiety for me. It may not be able to prevent all inappropriate encounters, but we are one step closer to reducing the frequency of those greetings.
Please check out https://www.facebook.com/TheYellowDogProject. Like and follow their page. I would also encourage you to share the page with your friends and family. Please feel free to share this blog post as well as my Tweets, etc. regarding this topic.
If we can continue to get the word out, dog owners who need space will be able to go on walks with their best friends with less fear of the well-meaning, but uninformed encounter.
Thank you for your support!