Leash Aggression? Wear a Yellow Ribbon
How can wearing a yellow ribbon on your dog's leash help ease your dog's leash aggression? Plus, some news about the future of this column.
So many times I want to take my dogs out, but Kaiah is not good on the leash even though she is the friendliest and most playful dog.
In the last year or so, she's become increasingly aggressive when other dogs approach her while she's on the leash. I found I can resolve the issue by taking the other dog's leash and walking a couple of steps (like I have accepted them to the pack) and she is fine. The hard part is the beginning because people just assume that since she is a Labrador she will be fine. But that is not always the case.
This is why I was so excited to see something on Facebook the other day from another rescue group that shared the "yellow ribbon" approach.
The rescue group suggested placing a yellow ribbon on the leash if your dog needs space.
This does not mean that the dog is mean, aggressive, or will attack. It just means to give the dog space. The dog could be in training; it could have health issues; it may have had a bad experience with other dogs and is just defensive; maybe it's a rescue dog that is in the process of being socialized; or it may just not like being approached and having things sniffed all the time.
I would love to start this trend in our local town, especially with so many dog-friendly places!
On another note, it is time for me to tell my readers that Rescue Me is going to Rainbow Bridge.
It is with a sad heart that I announce my departure from Dunedin Patch. I have so enjoyed sharing my stories, and hearing some of yours. I will miss sharing with all of you on Patch. Please direct any questions or comments regarding this column to Chris Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a last favor to me, please think about putting the yellow ribbon into play, and by all means, if you see me out walking Grayson and Kaiah, don't be afraid to say hello!