Dogs, like people, have diverse temperaments and reaction patterns. Some do not want to say hello. They need to be given space to safely retreat from situations.
When dogs wear a yellow ribbon or bandana, it identifies them as having “personal space” issues or sensory differences. It signals that these dogs are likely to be fearful and reactive, even aggressive, if feeling threatened.
The Yellow Dog protocol promotes greater safety by providing a reminder for us all to respect the personal space of dogs, especially these dogs. It reduces anxiety and encourages participation in club activities by a greater number of people and dogs.
Explanatory signage and written information is displayed around the training area and is included in the new members’ information kits.
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Any problems with dogs and their handlers need to be addressed discreetly by instructors. It is not a conversation for other handlers to engage in, however well-meaning the intention.
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Dogs who have bitten in the past – almost always because of “personal space” issues – are also required to wear a SUITABLE muzzle when at Warragul Dog Club activities.
Ask your instructor for advice about muzzle training and suitable muzzles. The Club keeps some stock for sale.