Did you know that a movement was born in the dog world, to avoid unpleasant encounters? Indeed, when you met a dog wearing a scarf around his neck, it means that he needs some distance.
It all started with ''The Yellow Dog Project'', an initiative launched in Alberta by Tara Palardy in June 2012 and inspired by Sweden. This project is known and now used in 47 countries, including Canada. In Quebec, Marie-Josée Legault has propelled this concept. As she could not find a place to buy the famous yellow scarves, she decided to make them herself. They can now can be purchased at the Ste-Rose Veterinary Hospital, in four different sizes. In addition, $1 per scarf sold is given to the refuge ''La cabane à Liam''.
When a dog wears a scarf, that does not mean he is aggressive and / or dangerous. This indicates that the dog as ''a bubble'' that we must respect. The scarf can mean several things, such as the animal is recovering and should avoid contact with other dogs to stay calm. Or it's a puppy that has not quite finished his socialization. You can never know how a dog you do not know will react. He can react well with other dogs, but fear the presence of men. Or it can react appropriately with small dogs but not with larger ones. This project help people to walk safely their pet, both for himself and for others.
One thing is for sure, when you see a dog wearing a yellow scarf, you must keep your distance or ask the owner if you can approach it. In any case, it is always best to ask permission from the owner of an animal just to approach or to pet, yellow scarf or not.
But, the fact of putting a scarf to his dog, is not a reason not to educate it. This is a temporary security measure that will not solve the problem.
Finally, few people know this movement right now, so it's important to share it with as many people as possible.
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Catherine Lapierre, Certified Veterinary Technician
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