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Yellow Dog is an international campaign to create awareness around the world that ‘Some Dogs need Space’

The Swedish International Gulahund Yellowdog programme was launched in June 2012 by Eva Oliversson, a certified international dog behaviourist and dog trainer.  Having had Yellow Dogs ourselves we decided to take on the role of UK Ambassadors of Gulahund, and Yellow Dog UK was born!  We know how stressful it can be for a Yellow Dog and its owner when a social or off-lead dog approaches.  We believe that making the Yellow Ribbon an accepted representation throughout the UK will benefit everyone and make dog walking a more enjoyable, and safer experience for all, and in turn give your dog a better quality of life.  We passionately believe in the Yellow Dog campaign and we work tirelessly to promote the campaign across the UK – it is a fantastic campaign and will help to educate dog owners and the public to understand and recognise a dog who ‘needs space’.

Thank you for supporting all Yellow Dogs worldwide 

Yellow Dog UK promotes good and responsible dog ownership.  Children, and adults, should always ask permission before touching a dog they do not know.  For more information please follow The Kennel Club Safe And Sound Code

The yellow ribbon or bandana can be used for short periods – i.e. whilst a dog is in training or on heat – or longer periods – 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. We hope that the campaign will encourage dog owners to recall their dogs when they see a dog wearing a yellow ribbon or bandana/vest, 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.
IT’S NOT ABOUT aggressive dogs! Dogs that bite MUST wear muzzles!


If your dog has behaviour problems you should contact a certified dog trainer/dog behaviourist who has the knowledge about dog ethology.
Any press related items that are published to promote the campaign must be approved by us prior to their release.

Our Mission

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’”

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in Yellow Dog UK.

We love to hear what you think – good, or bad! Please email or write to us, or fill in the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

PO Box 386 Bexleyheath KENT DA7 9LT

Yellow Dog UK is a registered charity raising awareness that some dogs and their owners may need space for a variety of reasons when out in public. We pledge to supply free yellow ribbons to owners whose dogs needs space and that all donations will be used to promote and raise awareness of the campaign. View our charity registration certificate HERE

Registered Charity No.: 1153038
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