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The Yellow Dog Project

By Claudia Kawczynska, November 2012, Updated June 2021

A trainer/dog walker in Red Deer, Alberta has come up with a good idea about ways to alert others about a dog who might need a little “space” from another dog on a leash.

The Yellow Dog Project was founded in 2012. As you know, there are many reasons why a leashed dog might require a safe distance from another dog—health and behavioral reasons, primarily. Our dear Lenny, a little Terrier mix who died in 2011 at 19, was that kind of dog, he was reactive towards most other dogs. There were many times when a friendly dog would approach us and I would have to call out something like “my dog isn’t friendly,” most of the time the response would be “but my dog is friendly.”

How much easier it would be if we all understood that a dog with a yellow ribbon or something in yellow on their leash, said it for us instead. Here are eight ways to make life with your anxious or reactive dog better for both of you, read eight tips for anxious dogs.

So hooray to Yellow Dog Project—help spread the word.


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An Open Letter to People Who Walk Their Dog Without a Leash

Dear neighbors with their dog unleashed,

No, I get it. Your dog is amazing and well-trained. You’ve been through extensive training and your dog knows a slew of verbal commands. Your dog is a service animal and visits children’s cancer wards and retirement communities and is the best-behaved dog you’ve ever had. I get that.

The truth is, I don’t care about your dog. When I’m walking my dog leashed and your dog is unleashed, my concern is for my dog, not yours. Read more.


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