The Yellow Dog Project

April 28, 2016

Have you ever noticed a yellow ribbon tied around a dog’s collar? This yellow ribbon is very important – it means that the dog you’re looking at requires space, and you should proceed with caution.

The Yellow Dog Project, started by Tara Palardy, a dog trainer from Red Deer, Alberta, began as a local community initiative and has now grown to be a global movement that seeks to educate the public on the importance of giving space to dogs who need it.

The group stresses the fact that “yellow dogs” are not necessarily aggressive, but rather are dogs that may have experienced trauma, have issues with fear, are rescue dogs, or may be in pain. The group promotes the use of yellow ribbons to clearly identify dogs that need space. They seek to educate the public on not only the need to give these dogs space, but also on how to approach these dogs safely and respectfully by explicitly asking the dog owner for permission and direction.

Yellow dogs require a special level of care, and a yellow ribbon identifying their special needs helps to provide this care at all times. The group promotes maintaining compassion for these special dogs.

To learn more about The Yellow Dog Project, visit their website.

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