What does a yellow ribbon and personal boundaries have to do with each other? They represent two movements working to educate the public about the importance of giving dogs their space and respecting the limits put in place by a dog owner in consideration of their pet’s comfort and the safety of people and dogs in their space.
Going through your own day to day activity, you’ve found ways to signal to co-workers, family, friends and even strangers that you are not open to talk and do not want to be approached. Humans use their body language, avert thier eyes, move away, or verbalize clearly with “NO!” that they do not want to be bothered. Dogs on leash are dependent on their human to keep them in a safe situation and to either serve as a block when other humans or dogs approach or be there to give the permission to pet and greet and to remind others what is polite and appropriate.
The Yellow Dog Project
The Yellow Dog Project (TYDP) was created to bring awareness to the general public about dogs who need space while training, recovering from surgery, or being rehabilitated. Through social media, physical awareness, as well as educational courses for kids and parents, TYDP hopes that they can remind people to ask before petting, that owners of other dogs recognize the signs of a dog that’s not interested.
Be aware and please keep away
Your dog may be a “Yellow Dog” for a variety of reasons, some of which could even be temporary. Put yourself in your dog’s paws and think back to the last time you were ill, were on crutches, had a recent surgery, or some other sensitivity. You were certainly not up for socializing – you needed your space. The same is true for our pets. Pets under stress who are forced to endure stressful social situations can reach a breaking point. Invest a moment of your time to educate those who are around your pet and take preventative measures. Put a yellow ribbon on your dog’s leash or even a bandana as a reminder to advocate for your pet. If you know that your dog is scared or reactive to other dogs, has a fear of children or other people-related triggers, yellow doggie-gear may be a good investment.
Spread the news about the Yellow Dog Project in your community and follow them on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/TheYellowDogProject
DINOS™ “Dogs in Need of Space
The term DINOS™ means “Dogs in Need of Space” and is the inspiration of Jessica Dolce. Jessica believes that all DINOS dogs are good dogs – they just need space. The DINOS movement is intended to help the public understand that ALL dogs have a need for and a right to their personal space. Some dogs may have a stronger need for space than others. If you need more inspiration follow Jessica on her blog Notes from a Dog Walker.
The list of reasons for a being a DINOS is complementary to the Yellow Dog Project and offers additional situation to consider:
- service and working dogs who need space to do their jobs
- illness or recovering from surgery
- leash reactivity
- injuries and painful physical conditions, like arthritis
- intolerance of other animals
- fearful of unfamiliar people
- aging and elderly
- learning self-control around other dogs
- fearful of unfamiliar or rowdy dogs
- are owned by people who want to be left alone
DINOS rules for dog owners
- DINOS encourages all dog owners to be responsible and respectful towards others.
- Never assume it is ok to approach an unfamiliar dog without asking permission first.
- It’s our right as dog owners to say “no” if we feel an interaction is not in our dog’s best interest.
- Please be respectful of an owner’s right to decline. It’s nothing personal – it’s just about space!
If your dog plays for Team DINOS, follow DINOS on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/pages/DINOS-Dogs-in-Need-of-Space