Do Your Children Know What A Yellow Ribbon On A Dog’s Leash Means?

Hi kids, when you are riding in the car with your parents, have you ever noticed what the color yellow usually means at traffic light?

 

Traffic Light Colors

Do you know what the colors mean?

Red means STOP.

Green means GO.

Yellow means SLOW.

When you see the color yellow on a traffic light it means that it is time to slow down and be careful. Or when you see the color yellow flashing on the side of the road it means that it is important to slow down because construction crews are working on the road. Yellow means “caution” which is another word for “Be careful”.

caution-sign-Mister-Spunky

Yellow means caution

You are too young to drive yet, but you may be seeing the color yellow somewhere else and it is important that you know what it means. When a dog has a yellow ribbon attached to his leash or collar, it means that it is important for you to be careful or cautious around that dog. A yellow ribbon dog needs extra space. Do not run up to a yellow ribbon dog.

Yellow means – Ask First!

 A dog wearing a yellow ribbon, give space

A dog wearing a yellow ribbon, give space

When you see a yellow ribbon on a dog it is a signal that he needs some extra space. It does not mean that the dog is a bad dog or mean dog. It just means that you must ask first before you approach or pet the dog. Ask the owner if it is safe for you to pet the dog. Here are some reasons he may need some extra space:

  • A yellow ribbon dog may be sick.
  • A yellow ribbon dog may be in training.
  • A yellow ribbon dog may be nervous and scared of people.
  • A yellow ribbon dog may be learning not to bite.
  • A yellow ribbon dog may be very old and a little bit grumpy.
  • A yellow ribbon dog may not be used to children.

A yellow ribbon on a dog means that you must ask first before petting. The owner can decide if the dog is safe for you to come close, but always ask first. The pet might be shy and frightened and you would not want to scare him would you?

Remember,

Red means STOP.

Green means GO.

Yellow means SLOW!

Parents: To learn more, visit Yellow Dog Project.  Or, for general dog safety around children, here is another great place to visit Cesar’s Way. Another great resource to help educate children, visit Dog Safety Guide For Parents, great tips to help keep children safe with dogs, in fact, great for everyone! 

 

Contributing Authors

Susie Klein

Susie is a freelance writer who has always had a dog as part of her family since childhood. Her current writing partner is Layla, a mixed breed Labrador and Cocker Spaniel. http://susieklein.wordpress.com/

Susie Klein

Susie and Layla

 

Kelly Preston

Based in San Jose, Calif., animal lover Kelly Preston is an award winning author of Real Dogs Don’t Whisper, a book in which she talks about her experiences and adventures with her special needs dogs and the life lessons they have taught – how she has learned and grown from them and they have learned and grown from her. Preston also produces Mr.MaGoo’s Corner, a free monthly dog-focused newsletter that features a reader of the month, birthday announcements, green pet tips, organic dog recipes and more.

Kelly Preston and Mr MaGoo authors of Real Dogs Don't Whisper

Kelly Preston and Mr MaGoo

 

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