I don't have a dog. I wish I did, but I don't and I thought maybe that's why I had no idea what a yellow ribbon tied on a dog's collar meant, but it turns out there are a whole bunch of people, even dog owners, who don't know what it means. If you're one of those people, wonder no more.

According to the non-profit group, The Yellow Dog Project, a yellow ribbon around a dog’s collar is to help people, especially kids identify that they need to proceed with caution when approaching the dog.

Dogs are dogs who need space - not necessarily aggressive dogs but more often are dogs who have issues of fear; pain from recent surgery; are a rescue or shelter dog who has not yet had sufficient training or mastered obedience; are in training for work or service; are in service; or other reasons specific to the dog are all dogs that should wear a yellow ribbon on their collar.

The Yellow Dog Project is on a mission to educate people who see a dog with a yellow ribbon on it's collar to be careful and also to promote to dog owners the idea of using a yellow ribbon to help people know that their dog needs a little extra space.