National Walk your Dog Month is here so it’s time to raise that yellow flag to try and share the yellow dog message as much as we can.
Yellow Dog charity has such an important message to share for not just dog owners but everyone who loves getting out and about. The colour yellow symbolises that this dog and owner would like space, perhaps due to simple shyness to recovering from an operation.
Believe it or not, not every dog wants attention, some dogs are in training, some dogs have health issues or are recovering from surgery, some dogs are rescues being rehabilitated or have suffered a bad experience, nervous dogs, or older, fragile dogs that find the world a scary place, through no fault of their own. These are the dogs Yellow Dog Charity want to help with this important campaign and instantly recognisable branding. The charity are sharing this message across our dog loving nation so that all dogs and owners can enjoy their walks, the shy, the old, the injured, the timid – they deserve the joy of walks too by being aware that if you see a dog with his smart yellow bandana, jacket or lead on, you give them space.
Yellow Dog is an international campaign creating awareness for the dogs that need space, launched in 2012 in Sweden by Eva Oliversson, a certified dog trainer and dog behaviourist. Yellow Dog hope that both adults and children alike will learn that it is always respectful and important to ask before approaching or stroking a dog, this then becomes a good lifelong habit, that works well for both animals and humans. As the issue is not about aggressive dogs, any and all aggressive dogs must wear a muzzle but that the charity are a tool to help with training or socialising dogs and responsible dog owners.
Dave and Alison are the UK ambassadors for Yellow dog having had Yellow Dogs, themselves. They passionately believe in the Yellow Dog campaign and what it can achieve for these dogs and their owners quality of life by educating everyone in the UK, that Yellow Dogs need space.
So when you’re out and about if you and your dog don’t really want that uninvited, spontaneous hug from someone you don’t know then just get your yellow coats on and on the other hand if you see someone else in yellow then you know to respect them and keep your distance. This way we can all have a relaxing walk with our dogs, which of course is what we all want!