Yellow Dog Project to kick off in Edmonds; helps special-needs pooches adjust and socialize


    YellowDogLogoJust like people, dogs have stories too.

    Many come into dog rescue from horrible backgrounds that have included physical and emotional abuse, deprivation, a series of revolving-door foster homes, and serving as a “puppy machine” for shady breeders. Some, like Snitter in Richard Adams’ novel “The Plague Dogs,” have even suffered the horrors of being a lab research animal.

    Once placed in a loving home, these animals often take months or years to adjust. Sadly, some never do.

    Typically these animals come into rescue scared, not trusting, stand-offish and shy. Unfortunately these deep-rooted feelings all too often manifest in threatening behaviors such as snapping, growling, biting and aggression toward other dogs and people. In the vast majority of cases, these “yellow dogs” have simply not yet had sufficient time or training to overcome a difficult, painful past. Making the transition to a new life, learning to overcome fear and building trust all take time, and during this period it is absolutely critical for these animals to have extra space.

    This is where the Yellow Dog Project comes in.

    Sponsored locally by Off Leash Area Edmonds (O.L.A.E.), the Yellow Dog Project is global movement for dogs that need extra space. Its goal is to educate the public and dog owners about how to identify these dogs, promote appropriate contact with all dogs, and assist dog owners to identify their dog as needing space.

    The Yellow Dog Project seeks to accomplish this through education in appropriate ways to approach or make contact with a dog (whether or not a dog is a “yellow dog”), and to promote the use of yellow ribbons to identify “yellow dogs” needing extra space.

    The project will be introduced to the Edmond City Council on Aug. 27, and will officially kick off in Edmonds on Aug. 31. On that date, yellow ribbons and additional information will be available at the following locations:

    All the Best Pet Care – 9803 Edmonds Way, Edmonds

    Blue Collar Dog House – 180 W. Dayton Suite 101, Edmonds

    Celtic Cowboy – 21104 70th Ave. W., Edmonds

    Edmonds Veterinary Hospital – 21111 84th Ave W, Edmonds

    Gallaghers’ U Brew – 180 W. Dayton Suite 105, Edmonds

    Next to Nature – 550 Main St., Edmonds

    Muddy Paws – 12926 Mukilteo Speedway, Lynnwood

    The Whole Pup – 21010 70th Ave. W., Edmonds

    You may also contact O.L.A.E at [email protected] to receive a yellow ribbon by mail.

    — By Larry Vogel

    Learn more about the Yellow Dog Project here.



    4 Replies to “Yellow Dog Project to kick off in Edmonds; helps special-needs pooches adjust and socialize”

    1. I think the yellow ribbon is a great idea. It’s a little scary when my small dog wants to go up to other dogs without knowing what their reaction will be. Or worse, when the other dogs snaps at her. I hope this concept catches on in Edmonds and all over the country. I would be willing to hand out information and ribbons on my walks if needed.



    2. I had heard about this from a friend and am very pleased that it has found it’s way to Edmonds. I have one of those dogs, Phoebe, who becomes very aggressive towards other dogs along with a blind dog, George, who has his own needs therefore making it very difficult to walk them in an environment where we might encounter other dogs. A few years back Phoebe was labeled ‘mean’ when I was out for a walk in Edmonds. I duck into ally’s to avoid encounters and search for the areas of least contact which is virtually impossible. I pretty much have given up taking them out as it’s put a physical strain on me. They are wonderful sweet dogs that I rescued about 4 years ago, so kudos to Edmonds for bringing attention to those of us that have these special needs critters.



    3. I’m happy that this project is becoming a practice with reactive dog guardians. Now the work is to educate, educate, educate the public. All canine services and other businesses need to post info and get the ribbons out there. We will at SplashDog. Thanks for helping spread the word MyEdmondsNews.



    4. I love that this program is getting more attention. As a dog trainer, a yellow ribbon and the education behind it goes with every client I see that has “cautionary issues”. Good job Edmonds!




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