Dogs in Yellow Day

Updated 16 April 2024
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Written by Elle Padgham

Did you know, there's 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 a dog who doesn't want to be approached.

National Dogs in Yellow Day falls on 20th March - and we want to raise awareness! If you're taking part then help to raise awareness by posting a picture of your gorgeous pooch on social media. Let’s get this trending...

Why would a dog not want to be approached?

There are lots of reasons why a pet may need space when out of their house. This would include:

  • Fear or anxiety around people or other dogs
  • The potential to act aggressive
  • The need for space as they're being trained so their owner wants distractions kept to a minimum
  • Being unwell or elderly; not every dog wants a bouncy puppy running over to play!


How does the initiative help?

If both dog and owner know they're going to get a peaceful and uninterrupted walk, they're more likely to enjoy their time spent outdoors.


Both will feel more relaxed and can work on building confidence together. It also makes sure that everyone involved is kept safe and happy.


If the pooch is yellow ends up distressed as their personal space has been invaded - it could end up being a traumatic experience for both sets of owners and dogs.


Signs of an anxious dog

It's not always obvious when your dog is nervous. Each dog can express their nerves in a different way. However, it's useful to be able to read our dog’s body language, to get a better understanding of what's going on inside their head.


Signs to watch out for include:

  • Staying close to you and not wanting to sniff or explore
  • Shaking or whining Humping or over-excitement
  • Panting
  • A desire to go back home right away, or refusing to go on the walk altogether
  • Barking or lunging at other dogs or people


If you own an anxious dog…

If you're the owner, it makes sense to have your dog wear a yellow lead and harness to avoid altercations. 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's approaching in the distance.


Have a steady supply of tasty treats such as our Pooch & Mutt Calming Probiotic Meaty 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 pooch focused, by asking simple commands throughout the walk - and consider taking along some distracting toys like a frisbee or tug toy. The aim is for your dog to associate walks with good feelings!


If you notice another dog is anxious…

If you spot a dog in yellow, or notice they seem afraid, give them plenty of space. They don't need you or your dog coming up to them, no matter how gentle or friendly your pup is.


If your dog's off-lead, you should really clip them back on so you're sure they won't approach the dog in yellow.


This is really important if there's a chance they'll want to greet the nervous dog. Remember, not only is it unfair for the nervous pooch to have another dog causing them distress, they may resort to snapping if very afraid - which could result in trauma or a vet visit for your own furry friend.


We have a whole range of calming products available to help ease any pooch nerves or excitement, that are jam-packed with ingredients that do good and taste good too.

Comments (6)

My Molly is an 11 year old ESS. Nervous since we got her at 14 weeks. It is so annoying when other dogs rush at her and owners say “ they just want to play”. There needs to be more respect of a dogs space when out walking She has always been great off leaf and we usually go to woods, lakes and open spaces. This has been a great read and thank you .

vicky cother - Mar 22 2022

Will you ever produce wet food calming range to go with the calming biscuits. Btw my dog loves the biscuits

Kim Faure - Mar 22 2022

Great idea but what would be better on the yellow to have ptinted nervous dog. As slot of peopkd unless explained to won’t know. They would see straightaway then

Anne - Mar 22 2022
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Team Pooch - Mar 22 2022

Great idea for dogs .
My dog was attacked and fears other dogs coming to her , she barks at them in fear . We put her on her lead when others are about and people say there dogs just want to play . Please respect if someone’s dog is on a lead it’s for a purpose.

Debbie Allman - Mar 19 2024

Our rescue dog Poppy age 12 is highly reactive towards other dogs. I dread meeting dogs when we are out as I know there will be lots of barking and lunging. Very often I have to pick her up when dogs approach. Their owners always say don’t worry my dog is friendly. Well mine isnt! Please give us a wide berth and put your dog on its lead.
Could you design a yellow bandana to sell in your online shop? It would certainly draw attention whether or not people understand it’s meaning. Sue & Poppy Roderick.

Sue Roderick - Mar 22 2024

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