The Yellow Dog UK - Why We Need It

Our friends at Yellow Dog UK have sent us this very informative and thought provoking  article on the scheme intended to help dogs who might find it difficult to cope in public.  


Does your dog need space?  Is he in training, recovering from an operation, being rehabilitated, a bit nervous or unwell?  By wearing a yellow ribbon on your dog's lead or a yellow bandana round his neck, or similar, you are showing other dog owners that your dog needs some space.

This is where the Yellow Dog UK can help.  

The Yellow Dog UK campaign is a registered charity, created to bring awareness to dogs that need space while in training, recovering from surgery, or being rehabilitated.  The campaign was started in November 2012 as part of the international Gulahund Yellow Dog campaign launched in Sweden and launched in the UK at Discover Dogs in Earls Court with a fantastic response.  


How does it work?

If you see a dog with a YELLOW ribbon, bandana or similar on the leash or on the dog, this is a dog that needs some space.  Please do not approach this dog or its people with your dog.  They are indicating that their dog cannot be close to other dogs.  How close is too close?  Only the dog or his people know, but by displaying what is becoming an internationally renowned symbol, it gives them time to move out of your way.


Why might a dog need space?

There are many reasons why a dog may need space:  

  • Maybe it has health issues 
  • It may be a rescue dog being rehabilitated.  The world can be a very scary place for these dogs 
  • It may have had a bad experience with another dog or is just not like the kind of friendly dogs which always want to say “Hi!” 
  • A bitch may be in heat 
  • The dog may be in training 
  • It may be very old and arthritic 
  • It may be very nervous or shy and other dogs cause it stress 

In short, a yellow marker on a dog means it needs some space, those of us who own these dogs appreciate your help and respect.  


We have many veterinary surgeries working with us as well as dog trainers and dog sitters, dog behaviourists, and some local authorities on board who are helping us to create awareness in their areas including Worcester, Pembrokeshire, Bromley, Birmingham, Chesterfield and Cheltenham.  We are also now sponsored by Humberside Police who recently launched the Yellow Dog UK campaign in the Humberside area and we hope that other Police forces around the UK will also be involved in the near future.   


The Yellow Dog UK campaign is sweeping the nation and is a very simple idea with a simple message, to give some dogs the space they need.  We know how stressful it can be for a Yellow Dog and its owner when a social dog or off lead dog approaches. We believe that making the Yellow Ribbon an accepted representation throughout the UK will benefit everyone and make dog walking a more enjoyable experience, allowing both the dog owner and the dog to gain more confidence.  


If you would like to find out more information about the Yellow Dog UK campaign please contact us at or visit us at where you can purchase Yellow Dog vests, bandanas, leads, tabards and lead slips from our secure online store.

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