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My Dog Is Friendly

When you have a nervous, reactive or new rescue, hearing the words "My dog is friendly" from an owner as their dog/s comes running up, are the most dreaded words to hear.

Having owned a reactive girl, who had a yellow bandana on her lead I hated having dogs come running up to us. Owners either nowhere in sight, calling out "Don't worry he/she is friendly", calling dogs name (dog not listening) or on their phone. I would respond with "Please recall your dog/get your dog mine's not friendly" If people were interested I would explain about how a dog coming running up to mine is detrimental to my dogs training.

Here are a few photos of Beau where her bandana

Bonzo has a good recall but I always check no one is around before letting him off his lead. He is generally walked on a long line so that he has freedom to explore without any worries. It's funny when people recall their dog and I'm explaining that Bonzo is friendly and they can leave their dog off if they want, when I used to have to ask people to put their dogs on lead. We do still see people who don't put their dog onto lead, I know I don't have to worry when I've got Bonzo. I do try to educate people about dogs with yellow on their lead and how they are impacting the other persons dog.

It's worth remembering part of the wording on the law in UK regarding Out of Control dogs is as follows

"Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if:

  • Injures someone

  • Makes someone worried that it might injure them"

It can be very worrying that someone can say they were worried even if your dog hasn't touched them.

Below is a picture of Bonzo on his long line:-

Yellow Dog

If you have a dog who you feel would benefit from a yellow lead cover, bandana, vest then please visit the above website as you can purchase items from them (I do have a few available).

Here is some information from the website

"Yellow can be used for short periods i.e. whilst a dog is in training or on heat, or longer periods, for example if a dog is elderly and does not like young lively dogs around him. We support that it is imperative to socialise dogs for their wellbeing and development but also recognise that there are times and circumstances when a dog needs space. We hope that the campaign will encourage dog owners to recall their dogs when they see a dog wearing a yellow ribbon or bandana/vest, giving that dog and its owner time to move out of your way and to get him used to people and animals.

Yellow dogs are those that may experience heightened anxiety or fear in various situations. This can be due to genetics, past traumas, lack of socialization, or other factors. Yellow dogs may exhibit a wide range of behaviours, including trembling, panting, excessive barking, hiding, avoiding eye contact, or showing signs of aggression. They may also have difficulty adjusting to new environments, meeting new people or animals, or coping with loud noises, such as thunderstorms or fireworks."

If you would like to know more or need help with a dog who needs space please let me know.

That's all for now

Sabrina and Bonzo

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