Did you know, there is a whole yellow army of dogs out there? These are dogs who wear bright yellow collars, leads and harnesses when out on a walk. The yellow colour is a signal to other owners that this is not a dog who wishes to be approached.
This year, National #Dogsinyellow day is on the 20th March. If you’re taking part, help to raise awareness by posting a picture of your gorgeous pooch on social media. Let’s get this trending!
There are lots of reasons why a pet may need space when out of their house. This would include:
If both dog and owner know they are going to get a peaceful and uninterrupted walk, they are more likely to enjoy their time spent outdoors. Both will feel more relaxed and can work on building confidence together.
It is not always obvious when your dog is nervous when out and about. Each dog can express their nerves in a different way. However, we should be able to read our dog’s body language to get a better understanding of what is going on inside their head.
Signs to watch out for include:
If you are the owner, it makes sense to have your dog wear a yellow lead and harness. Try to stay calm, so your dog doesn’t pick up on your nerves. Stick to quieter routes and you can always cross the road if another dog is approaching in the distance.
Have a steady supply of tasty treats such as our Pooch & Mutt Calm & Relaxed treats. Not only will your dog be glad to have a yummy distraction, these treats contain natural ingredients such as Valerian Root and Chamomile to help make your dog less reactive.
It can help to keep your dog focused on you by asking for simple commands throughout the walk and bringing along some distracting toys like a Frisbee or tug toy. The aim is for your dog to associate walks with good feelings.
If you spot a dog in yellow or notice that they are acting scared, give them plenty of space. They do not need you or your dog coming up to them, regardless of how gentle or friendly your dog is.
If your dog is off lead, consider clipping them back on. This is very important if there is a chance they may want to greet the nervous dog. Remember, not only is it unfair on this dog to have another dog causing them distress, they may resort to snapping if very afraid
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