City of Busselton joins global trend with new dog behaviour initiative

Published on Monday, 13 May 2024 at 11:46:57 AM

This month the City of Busselton, in partnership with local vets, is launching a Yellow Dog campaign to help the community understand that some dogs need space. 

The Yellow Dog is a campaign that started in Europe and aims to improve community safety and dog wellbeing by clearly and easily identifying dogs who need space and prefer to be left alone. It promotes awareness and understanding, as well as supporting dogs that are nervous and anxious, old and grumpy, in training, unwell or recovering from an injury or illness, being rehabilitated or simply prefer to keep their distance from people and other dogs. 

To assist your ‘yellow dog’, we encourage owners to use a yellow bandana, vest, lead or ribbon to let others know at a glance, not to approach their dog as they prefer to be left alone. If you see a dog wearing a yellow bandana or ribbon, please do not approach the dog or its owner. 

Mayor Phill Cronin said “The campaign has been quite successful overseas and the City hopes is it will be just as successful here too.” 

“I am a dog owner myself and understand that much like humans, dogs all have different personalities. The Yellow Dog campaign is an easy way to show that your dog just needs some space and for other dog owners and the general public to take that into consideration when in close proximity to a dog wearing yellow.” 

“The campaign aims to allow everyone in our community, including yellow dogs, to enjoy our local beaches and parks.” 

Posters and flyers will be distributed to local vets, pet stores, cafés and schools. We encourage you to share this information through your networks. 

Dog owners can pick up a free yellow bandana or ribbon from the City of Busselton, 2 Southern Drive Busselton 8.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday while stocks last. 

For more information visit the City’s website – Yellow Dog Campaign

Objectives outlined in this statement are aligned with the City of Busselton’s Strategic Community Plan (2021 - 2031) Key Themes Lifestyle: A place that is relaxed, safe and friendly with services and facilities that support our lifestyle. 

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Photo attached for general use: Yellow Dog Campaign – Jack is a tad shy.

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