Nervous Dogs And The Yellow Dog Project
Nervous Dog And The Yellow Dog Project
Have you ever had or encountered nervous dogs who are a little wary of other people? Panic at the sight of another dog or jogger? Or is especially jumpy if unexpected people appear from around corners?
I have! And let me tell you, it is not easy.
When I got George, my rescue Lab, he was 8 months old, and I suspect he had never been outside of a house and garden environment. He was a nervous dog! The first time I attempted to walked him on a leash he was all over the place, pulling so much that he sounded like Darth Vader, jumpy at every clunk of a lorry that went by, giving bin bags a wide birth, and bolting if a dog appeared in a garden. He was a nervous wreck and it was heartbreaking to see him so distressed.
It is incredibly difficult to manage your dogs fears, there’s no way to control the unexpected appearance of people or dogs, apart from crossing the road ASAP or jumping into the nearest bush, (also known as being a ninja) to stay out of sight while keep the dog as calm as possible.
It's astonishing the amount of people who report that they are subjected to abuse, yelling, swearing in some cases being followed. People criticising them and the handling of their nervous dogs. Often there's no sympathy from the passersby, or blamed for their dogs reaction when an off lead dog approaches. This can be utterly heartbreaking as well as extremely distressing. Knowing your doing your best to control the situation but not seeing improvements and receiving a barrage of abuse for simply trying to walk your dog.
There are numerous reason why you have nervous dogs:
- After being attacked by another dog
- Following surgery or injury
- After being injured as a puppy and missing crucial socialisation periods
- Ill or elderly
- In training
- Or have an owner who is afraid of other dogs.
Yellow Dog Project is a fantastic scheme which aims to raise awareness of the traffic light system. Warning others how to approach the dog, with yellow and red warning people that the dog maybe nervous (yellow) or approached with caution (red).
Your dog may have been attacked by another dog and has developed a fear of approaching dogs. Or a rescue who is afraid of people and children approaching, or a dog with medical issues. Innovative collar, lead and harness range are a fantastic way to warn others that they need to stop their dog approaching your dog or be vary weary and give space when passing by.
Friendly Dog's range of yellow collars, leads and harness can help prevent unwanted approaches from other people and dogs.
A year later, George is excellent on lead, confident and happy when outside and eager to explore the environment.
If you see a dog with a yellow collar, harness, ribbon or bandana, please be give them space when approaching, and have some sympathy for the owner, they really are doing their best!
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PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT INCLUDING AGGRESSIVE DOGS. AGGRESSIVE DOGS MUST WEAR MUZZLES.