What Is Yellow Dog UK™?

The Yellow Dog Project was created to bring awareness to dogs who need space while training, recovering from surgery, or being rehabilitated.

Yellow Dog - Some dogs need space 

If you see a dog with a YELLOW ribbon, bandanna or similar on the leash or on the dog, this is a dog which needs some space. Please, do not approach this dog or its people with your dog. They are indicating that their dog cannot be close to other dogs. How close is too close? Only the dog or his people know, so maintain distance and give them time to move out of your way.



Why might a dog need space?

There are many reasons why a dog may need space: 

  • Maybe it has health issues 
  • It may be a rescue dog being rehabilitated. The world can be a very scary place for these dogs. 
  • It may have had a bad experience with another dog or is just not like the kind of friendly dogs which always want to say “Hi!”
  • A bitch may be in heat
  • The dog may be in training
  • It may be very old and arthritic
  • It may be very nervous or shy and other dogs cause it stress

In short, a yellow marker on a dog means it needs some space.  

Those of us who own these dogs appreciate your help and respect.

Thank you!


About Us

Yellow dog is an international campaign to create awareness around the world that 

'Some Dogs need Space'  

The organiser for the Yellow Dog UK campaign is NarpsUK which is a membership organisation for pet sitters and dog walkers. The CEO of NarpsUK who has nearly 20 years experience in the pet sitting and dog walking industry, she is also a Lantra approved training provider and instructor to teach and educate how to run a pet sitting and dog walking business. The founder says "This is a fantastic campaign and will help and educate dog owners and the public to understand and recognise a dog who 'needs space'". 

NarpsUK decided to start the UK campaign because 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 reasons that dogs may need space are varied and could include: 

* They may be ill

* They may be old

* They may be hurt

* She may be in season

* They may be in training

* The dog may be nervous

* They may have had bad life experiences

* The person walking him may be nervous of other dogs

* They may have a new family who are unsure as to their behaviour with other dogs

Our Mission is to:

1. We promise that all donations will be raised and used to promote awareness of the campaign

2. We pledge to provide yellow ribbons free to any dog owners whose dogs 'need space'

3. We will tirelessly continue to promote the campaign until everyone in the UK recognises that this means the dog 'needs space'

We now sell a full range of merchandise and promotional material for individuals and businesses who have yellow dogs themselves or wish to help us to promote the campaign. 

NOTE: If your dog has behaviour problems you should contact a certified dog trainer/dog behaviourist who has the knowledge about dog ethology.

IT'S NOT ABOUT: Aggressive dogs! Dogs that bite MUST wear muzzles!

Please note that any press related items that are published to promote the campaign must be approved by us prior to their release.

CLICK HERE to watch our interview infomation video.     


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Yellow Dog UK is a registered charity.

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