Every day I take Winnie for a walk at the park and I always look around for kids or other people who sometimes approach and try to pet her without asking. Kids come running towards Winnie because they just want to play. She is a sweet dog but we rescued her from an abusive home and even if she is now a happy dog, something inside still makes her fearful of people. She never bites anyone, but I want to prevent that to happen.
That's why I found the Yellow Dog Project so great. It is a global movement for parents of dogs who need space. "Yellow Dogs are dogs who need space - they are not necessarily aggressive dogs but more often are dogs who have issues of fear; pain from recent surgery; are a rescue or shelter dog who has not yet had sufficient training or mastered obedience; are in training for work or service; are in service; or other reasons specific to the dog."
This movement wants to teach people the best way to approach. You need to always ask the owner if you can pet the dog. You can find resources for training or where to buy gear on this link. You can also just get a yellow ribbon and tie it to your dog's leash.
This movement is growing, but many people doesn't know about it yet. Spread the word with your family and friends! and if you have a dog who needs more space… this is a great idea!
For more information go to the Yellow Dog Project site.
Images in this post are from the Yellow Dog Project page.