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Locals Spread Yellow Ribbon Dog Awareness Project in Permian Basin

The Yellow Ribbon Dog Awareness Project is designed to help identify dogs that may not be child friendly, may have fear or anxiety issues or may be overly excited.
Midland, TX (Big 2 News) - A Permian Basin dog trainer is hoping to spread the word about yellow ribbons, which signify that a person must be cautious when approaching the dog.

The ribbon means a dog might not be friendly, has fear or anxiety issues or is under medical care.

"The yellow ribbon gives you kind of a pause to see visually that the dog is working or not necessarily friendly with strangers, kids or other dogs," said dog trainer Teresa Tuttle, who decided to share the movement through social media.

"It's just a safety measure," Tuttle said. "It's a very visual safety measure for everyone to notice."

While browsing online, Tuttle found the The Yellow Dog Project, a global nonprofit organization working to raise awareness and education around dogs that require a little extra distance upon approaching. After learning about the project, she decided to help spread the word in Midland and Odessa.

"I think everyone needs to know that not every dog is friendly," Tuttle said.

Midland resident Megan Singleton said she has seen dogs with yellow ribbons, but hopes to see an incremental of ribbons.

"I know a lot of people like to walk around with their kids and we wouldn't want anything to happen," Singleton sad.

The movement hopes to protect children, who might want to approach a dog and are unaware that it might not be friendly.

Jeremy Burns, who frequently takes his dog to the park said making the yellow ribbon a requirement would be a good safety measure for the community.

"I think it's a good idea, it should be something you should require at the dog park just to kind of help with the kids," Burns said.

The yellow ribbon can be used with dogs of any breed and any size. Tuttle said. "If you

"It can be a Chihuahua or a Great Dane, it doesn't matter," Tuttle said. "If you see a yellow ribbon stop and ask.

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