Dog are great. Wagging tails, wet noses, and sloppy kisses are treats any dog lover would appreciate. Not every dog enjoys a well-meaning pat on the head, however. That’s why The Yellow Dog Project was launched.

Dog lovers and activists created a global movement for parents of dogs that need space. While most dogs are friendly, some dogs don’t enjoy being touched. The people at The Yellow Dog Project are asking dog owners to place yellow ribbons on the leashes or collars of their beloved canines who seem to need just a little more barking room than the average pup.

Remember, you should never walk up to a dog and pet it without asking the owner. If you see a dog with a yellow ribbon, give it a little extra space. Don’t allow your pets to engage in play with yellow ribbon dogs. That dog may be healing from a surgery, very protective, or just plain grumpy. Always use caution when approaching any animal.

If you have a dog who appreciates a little extra personal space, tie a yellow ribbon to his collar, too. For more information, visit The Yellow Dog Project website.