Tie a Yellow Ribbon ...We all like to have our personal space respected, yes? We wouldn’t like and/or tolerate random people rushing up to say hi and/or hugging us, so why should dogs have to endure this? The Space Dogs Yellow Ribbon Campaign & Charity was set up to help owners who have dogs that would appreciate a little more space at places when, for example, they are queuing at shows. Joanne Livemore explains how she got involved in the Yellow Ribbon Campaign and Charity
All dogs should have their personal space respected. They should be able to go on walks without being rushed by unknown dogs and/or people. This is especially important when they are on lead and concerning off lead dogs approaching, never allow an off lead dog to approach an on lead dog. Some Dogs find some or all of the above even more distressing than others for varying reasons, so can their owners!.
There are many, many reasons why some dogs need more space than others including:-
Dogs Yellow Ribbon Campaign
The original aim of the Space Dogs Yellow Ribbon Campaign was to find something instantly recognisable to indicate that a specific dog would appreciate a little more space either from other dogs or people. And that's how the simple but effective idea of the yellow ribbon came about. Worn on a lead, collar or harness or a lightweight, Hi-Viz 'I need Space' coat the yellow ribbon asks 'Can we have a little more space please while we work on stuff?'
How Coats for Dogs became involved?
Together we designed the very first Space Dogs Hi Viz, lightweight, waterproof 'I Need Space' coats which can be used all year round! I then had the idea to produce Hi Viz lead and collar covers to compliment the vests. In addition, I now also have Hi Viz Space Dogs treat bags and other merchandise.
I was so impressed with the fact that Judi does all the work in her limited free time that I also wanted to help her raise funds for the charity, so I decided that I would donate money from every sale of Space Dogs merchandise to the charity, to do my bit to help dog rescues - and this I will continue to do.
How can Space Dogs help you and your dog
Training is paramount and an important part of the campaign. A few extra feet can make all the difference to a nervous dog. Dogs can get used to the noise and smells and watch other dogs from a comfortable distance so a positive association with dogs etc. realise that nice things happen at training. They won’t get overwhelmed. In the long run space coupled with training will mean the dogs will be right at home.
Agility is a good place to socialise a new puppy, but it can be overwhelming if you have a slightly timid pup who needs his/her confidence building. Everyone coming in for a cuddle at once can be just too much. Put a yellow ribbon on the pup and you send out a signal that 'Yes, it’s fine to say hi, but just not all at once - and quietly please.'
What can you do to
Space Dogs will only ever promote Force Free Positive Reward Based Training and believes that training is an essential part of the Space Dogs campaign. There is also a Yellow Ribbon Trainers Scheme attached to the campaign. All trainers have been checked for experience and are positive reward based trainers so, if you need a trainer, you are guaranteed that you know what you are getting should you use one with Yellow Ribbon Trainer accreditation.
Remember... The yellow ribbon is not an excuse to say to the world 'get out of our way.' It is politely asking... 'Please may we have a little more space while we help our dogs.'
Her dogs were the inspiration behind her business ‘Coats For Dogs’ which has continued to grow worldwide. She makes a variety of made to measure coats, waterproof, drying, fleece and cooling coats as well as beds and training accessories. For every sale of ‘of I need space’ products, she donates to the Space Dog Yellow Ribbon Campaign and Charity.
Her company Coats for Dogs is the Space Dogs official merchandiser for Hi Viz Space merchandise. Click here to see what is available.
First published 2 April 2014