Beware of dogs with yellow ribbons
A yellow ribbon on the leash of a strange dog could save your child's life.
Dog with yellow ribbon (Shutterstock)
Have you ever been to a park or the beach and all your kid wants to do is play with the pooches running around? It can be a tense experience when you don't know if those particular dogs are used to kids or not.
This is where the The Yellow Dog Project comes in. The Yellow Dog Project is a global movement for dog owners and their furry friends. These particular dogs are known as DINOS or Dogs In Need Of Space.
What are DINOS?
If you see a dog with a yellow ribbon attached to it's leash or collar, that particular pup is a DINOS. This means that the dog is either known to be nervous around children, doesn't like strangers, hasn't been properly trained yet or may even be aggressive.
It doesn't mean that every "yellow dog" is going to attack
but it could be very stressful for that animal to be approached suddenly or by young children who don't know any better.
It's about awareness
The "yellow dog" movement is not yet well known in South Africa but with awareness being spread, it could definitely make a difference in the lives of dogs that need it. It would also be a great weight off the minds of parents whose kids love to play with strange dogs.
A representive of DARG
, a South African animal rescue group, hadn't heard of the yellow ribbon concept before but thought it was an amazing idea.
"We have many dogs being adopted that are not comfortable around children. If their owners used the yellow ribbon it would make a huge difference."
Would you use the yellow ribbon method on your pet?