We all know that each dog has their own personality and will react differently to certain situations. Each of our office dogs have a different comfort level when it comes to approaching strangers and other dogs.
Office dog Elvis in particular is super anxious and has been since he was a pup. While becoming an office dog has built his confidence and he is improving constantly, his mama Becks knows all too well how difficult it can be for him (and her) when out and about.
One non-profit organisation is looking to make life a little easier for nervous dogs while out walking. Yellow Dog UK was created to bring awareness to dogs who need space. Whether this is due to training, recovery, rehabilitation or just general nervousness.
Their website states that ‘If you see a dog with a YELLOW ribbon, bandana or similar on the lead or on the dog, this indicates a dog which needs some space.
Please, do not approach this dog or handler. They are indicating that their dog cannot be close to other dogs or potentially people. How close is too close? Only the dog or handler know, so maintain distance and give them time to move out of your way if needed.
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 and this is a way of making other dog owners aware of this.’
We found a few fabulous yellow items for your pooch.
‘Pets at Home’ stock Yellow leads that clearly state ‘Nervous Dog’. These are available from their website for just £10.
For those fashion conscious pups, we found a fabulous yellow bandanna with white stars over on www.PurrfectlyYappy.com.
Online retailer ‘Etsy’ has a wide range of yellow bows, jackets, collars and more available from its sellers across the UK.
Although Elv is getting braver by the day and starting to find his confidence, mama Becks has ordered a new yellow collar and lead for office dog Elvis and aims to spread awareness of the campaign.