As a dog loving nation, we are always looking at how we can best take care of our dogs, keep them safe and happy and be a fun part of our family. The heat has presently made us all so aware of how our dogs are suffering too and how best to help them whether it’s by checking their noses or making sure their paws don’t burn on the pavements or indeed by helping them to not get stressed on their walks.
A dog walk should be fun, relaxing and an enjoyable stress free time and believe it or not, not every dog wants attention on their walk. Some dogs are in training, some dogs have health issues or are recovering from surgery, some dogs are rescues being rehabilitated or have suffered a bad experience, nervous dogs, or older, fragile dogs that find the world a scary place, through no fault of their own.
These are the dogs Yellow Dog Charity want to help with this important campaign and instantly recognisable branding. The charity are sharing this message across our dog loving nation so that all dogs and owners can enjoy their walks, the shy, the old, the injured, the timid – they deserve the joy of walks too by being aware that if you see a dog with his smart yellow bandana, jacket or lead on, you give them space.
Yellow Dog is an international campaign creating awareness for the dogs that need space, launched in 2012 in Sweden by Eva Oliversson, a certified dog trainer and dog behaviourist. Yellow Dog hope that both adults and children alike will learn that it is always respectful and important to ask before approaching or stroking a dog, this then becomes a good lifelong habit, that works well for both animals and humans. As the issue is not about aggressive dogs, any and all aggressive dogs must wear a muzzle but that the charity are a tool to help with training or socialising dogs and responsible dog owners.
So whilst protecting our dogs from the heat lets help them and us also stay cool on their walks by being considerate to all dog owners and appreciating that not all dogs want to be jumped on but may just be wanting a nice chilled walk and if they’re in yellow it couldn’t be clearer!