Woof Wednesday: The Yellow Dog Project

I’ve written previously about how important I think Yellow Dog UK are as having a frequently nervous and often unwell Stella means she needs space. This is why I picked her up a yellow ribbon from Crufts a couple of years ago.

Yellow Dog UK are still trying to raise awareness about dogs that need space and so I offered to give them a mention again.

I’ve also ordered Stella an ‘I need space’ bandana as she may start getting more tetchy as her lump grows and it may well draw unwanted attention from curious people and pets.

(Saw the vet last Friday and she was telling us she has seen a boy dog with a very similar tumour in a very similar position – he started to resemble a dog attached to a lump rather than vice versa but remained otherwise high-spirited for 2 years – pooch prayers we get that too please)

Here’s a short video too:

The Yellow Dog Project Helps Public Give Pooches The Space They Need

A not-for-profit pet organisation is campaigning for greater public awareness when it comes to giving canines the space they need. Organised by NarpsUK, Yellow Dog UK aims to promote the use of free yellow ribbons in order to help keep pets, owners and members of the public safe and stress free.

According to the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association dogs are the third most popular pet in the UK, preceded only by fish kept in tanks and ponds. The statistics were drawn from the organisation’s annual 2014 Pet Population report and confirmed that 24% of households own a pet pooch. Yet despite their popularity owning a dog does have its complexities. Under certain circumstances dogs need to be given space while being walked or socialised.

It can be necessary to give dogs space for a variety of different reasons. Whether it’s experiencing health issues, being rehabilitated, in heat, suffering from old age or is simply a little shy, a dog who feels uncomfortable can quickly become stressed. Keeping dogs on leads is one solution however canine space can also be jeopardised by playful puppies, curious children and friendly passers-by. Yellow Dog UK is helping owners keep their pets in the ‘no go zone’ by promoting the nationwide use of yellow ribbons.

Nikki Parra, Managing Director said, “we know how stressful it can be for a yellow dog and its owner when a social dog or off lead dog approaches. we believe that by making the yellow ribbon an accepted representation throughout the uk that a dog needs space will benefit everyone and make dog walking more enjoyable experience. The yellow ribbon or bandanna can be used for short term periods – i.e. whilst a dog is in training or on heat – or long term – 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 well being and development but also recognise that there are times and circumstances when a dog needs space and this is a way of letting other dog owners this, we hope that the campaign will encourage dog owners to recall their dogs when they see a dog wearing a yellow ribbon, giving that dog and its owner time to move out of your way and to get him used to people and animals.”

The organisation is underpinned by a trio of three core missions – “We promise that all donations will be raised and used to promote awareness of the campaign,” “We pledge to provide yellow ribbons free to any dog owners whose dogs need space,” and “We will tirelessly continue to promote the campaign until everyone in the UK recognises that this means the dog needs space.”

Yellow Dog UK offers FREE ribbons to any member of the public. Simply send a stamped self-addressed envelope to: Yellow Dog UK, PO Box 206, Erith, DA8 9FX.

Already Yellow Dog UK has received over 85,000 Facebook ‘likes’ and counting. To help promote the project even further the organisation is calling on members of the public to make a one off or monthly donation via the website.

To watch a set of informational videos on Yellow Dog UK, go to: http://www.yellowdoguk.co.uk/index.php/educating-media/videos

To find out more about Yellow Dog UK, make a donation, order a free yellow ribbon and browse the range of merchandise, visit: http://www.yellowdoguk.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YellowDogUk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/YellowDogUK


Launched by NarpsUK, Yellow Dog UK is on a mission to promote the use of coloured ribbons as an indicator that a dog needs space. The project is a nationwide initiative that extends to all breeds. Owners are encouraged to use yellow ribbons when dogs are in training, recovering from surgery, being rehabilitated, in heat or experiencing any other form of problem that requires them to be given space. Yellow Dog UK is charity that’s supported by generous donations from pooch loving members of the public.

The Official Yellow Dog UK poster



  1. I had heard something about this scheme a while ago so thank you for such a detailed post explaining more about it. I think it’s a brilliant idea and hope it goes from strength to strength.
    Thank you for adding this post to #AnimalTales

    1. It is a great idea, and a shame some people and places presume your dogs need space because they’re dangerous though! People are strange eh?! 🙂

  2. I love the yellow ribbon concept, both our dogs are rescue dogs and we never know if they will react well or not to another dog, we’ve had both. It’s always safer to just avoid the interaction in the first place. As they’ve gotten older they’ve both mellowed a bit but it’s always a tense moment when that off-lead dog comes over for a sniff.

  3. Well done for raising awareness of this scheme, I think it’s brilliant. It’s so crucial to allow rescue dogs in particular a chance at getting over their fears in their own time.x

  4. The Mother says – What a fabulous post Lisa. Firstly, I was so pleased to hear that Stella’s news was a lot more positive last Friday. Always remember hun that we’re here if you need anything. I have never hear of the Yellow ribbon before and think it is a fab idea. I am certainly going to make sure that Lucas is aware of this as we do need to keep reminding him that he cannot just walk up to a dog – he thinks all dogs are as lovely and friendly as Ash. I’m going to go and share this on FB too as a lot of my friends have dogs and little kids who love dogs too xx #animaltales

    1. I think it’s a great idea though someone’s already mocking it on G+ saying that you can get in trouble for being in public with a “dangerous dog” – American of course, I wish she’d read the whole article!

      & thank you, you’re stars xox

  5. Another great reminder of the yellow ribbon, thanks lovely Lisa!
    I know you and I have ‘spoken’ about this before but I cannot get enough of the yellow ribbon sensibleness!

    Hugs and licks all round
    M x

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