A north Northumberland canine expert has thrown her support behind a national campaign which aims to bring awareness about dogs who need space while training, recovering from surgery or being rehabilitated.
Jacquie Hall, proprietor of the Northumberland Canine Centre, close to Alnwick, has sponsored Yellow Dog UK, and she is encouraging more people in the region to get behind the scheme.
As part of the initiative, pooches who can’t or do not want be close to other dogs will wear a yellow ribbon and bandana.
Dog owners are being encouraged not to approach other pets in the yellow apparel.
Canine behaviourist Jacquie said: “There is nothing more disheartening than doing some successful work to rehabilitate a dog over a period of weeks and months to find some unwitting owner allows their own dog to come too close and possibly intimidate the dog to the point of regression again.
“I hope the Yellow Dog scheme will become more widely-known throughout the North East and alert owners to keep their dogs under control when they see a yellow ribbon.
“The success of the scheme depends upon the dog-owning fraternity being fully aware of the implications and consequences of approaching a fearful dog and the yellow ribbon or bandana will hopefully make them think.”
Ribbons and bandanas are available from www.yel lowdoguk and all profits and donations will be used to promote awareness of the campaign.
A Yellow Dog Project spokesman said: “We will promote this campaign until everyone in the UK recognises that yellow dogs need space.
“Our ideal outcome would be that dog owners who allow their dogs to approach other dogs in the park to say hello will recall their dog if the dog it is running towards is wearing a yellow ribbon.
“We urge the public to get behind this campaign and are relying on the public to pass the message on and educate each other while we work to raise awareness.”
Yellow Dog UK was started in November 2012 as part of the international Gulahund Yellow Dog campaign, which was launched in Sweden and now covers 20 countries.