Dress United | My Spin on The Yellow Dog Project @dressunited

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I received a free t-shirt in exchange for this review.

I’ve vented about my frustration with other people and our dogs – I think there was something about how NOT to get your head bitten off.  If you’re unfamiliar with my rant, here are the highlights…

  • It bugs me when people label our dogs as aggressive when I’m hesitant to let them (or their kids) rush us.  I’m trying to manage three dogs – give me a second to get them situated.
  • It bugs me when people allow their dog to rush our dogs – you can scream “he’s friendly” all you want, all we see is someone rushing at us at top speed.  How would you feel if I ran straight at you, stopping inches from your face to smell you?

Anyway, too many encounters with people who aren’t dog people changed up our fitness routine and we now take full advantage of living on 5 acres that border a lot more land (owned by dog loving neighbors) to explore and get exercise.

Recently, a really cool graphic  by The Yellow Dog Project was being shared on Facebook proposing that we put a yellow ribbon on our dog’s leash to let others know not to approach our dog.

Yellow Dog Project

This works great for everyone who knows the meaning of the yellow ribbon.  Dress United gave me an opportunity to make it clear that ‘now isn’t a great time’ for a meet and greet.  I went to their site and created a t-shirt for free so that I can show you a new option.

The Dress United site is easy to use, I was able to create and order my design in 15 minutes, which is saying something, because I usually get stuck on choosing a font.  It helps that it wasn’t complicated and I loved the number of pet related graphics they had – it was tough choosing between the Keep the Tail Wagging logo and a huge paw print.

To keep in with the theme, I chose a yellow shirt and made sure “Dog In Training” stood out.  The process was easy and fast, for this simple design, the t-shirts are affordable (oh and you can choose t-shirt style or go for a hoodie or sweatshirt), and I’m happy to be able to return to our normal walking trails with our “warning” blazing on my shirt.  The t-shirt I ordered is going to be perfect for the summer.  The material is light weight without feeling thin or cheap.

I’m hoping that this picks up and more people design yellow shirts and pullovers that’ll help the Dog & Dog and Dog & Human interactions go better when we’re out on our walks.  What are your thoughts?  Would you rock a “Dog in Training” shirt?

 

Disclosure:  I received a t-shirt + design free of charge from Dress United in exchange for an honest product review.  My thoughts on the Dress United ordering process and the t-shirt I received are my ow.

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20 Responses to “Dress United | My Spin on The Yellow Dog Project @dressunited”

  1. SlimDoggy Says:

    I’m really in love with this effort. Having been rushed way too many times by impolite dogs has made me a fan. You and I are on the same page about this, I know. I like the t-shirt idea – the real challenge is getting the message out there. I will say, I was out on a training session with Jack the other day, sitting quietly at a local strip mall (that was the exercise). A woman walked by and ASKED if she could pet him. I was so pleased, usually people just rush up creating a scene.
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    • Kimberly Says:

      I’m terrible when it comes to puppies and sometimes dogs. If a dog is reaching to sniff my hand, I reach back without even thinking and I need to curb that habit. I love the tshirt idea for the same reason, too many people/dogs/kids have come running at us at top speed and the adult humans tend to get offended when I pull or try to avoid their enthusiasm.

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  2. Elle Says:

    We don’t have much of a problem with dogs rushing us as my boy is all a bit meh about dog parks – he would rather go for long leashed walks so that he can sniff absolutely everything. I would say that 99.9% of dogs we meet on walks are leashed and we ask each other from a fair way away “Is it ok to say hello?” before the dogs meet, so problems are usually avoided.

    What does make me see red is when we’ve stopped and the dogs are “exchanging business cards” and the owners are having a quick chat, that the other owner lunges down to pat my boy. He is a rescue who has fear aggression issues with people. He’s absolutely fine with every dog, but people he doesn’t know scare him and it scares me that he will snap at someone just through fear. He’s getting better every day with lots of work, but I try not to put him into situations which frighten him.

    Just wish people would ask if it’s ok to pat your dog before lunging!

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  3. Jessica Says:

    That’s a genius idea Kimberly. Like you, I liked the message of the yellow ribbon but didn’t think most people would know what it meant. Not lets hope they know that “dog in training” means that they should respect your space. Interested to hear how it goes.
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  4. Bren Says:

    Very cool shirt Kimberly and I really like what it stands for. People just don’t understand that you can’t walk right up to a dog and start petting it, no matter what kind of dog. Truly sad :( I’m sure they wouldn’t like it if you walked over to them and grabbed their kid by the arm, ya know? ;)
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  5. Kathryn Jarvis Says:

    I wish that I had hard of this project before I finished my book. As a Personal Dog Training Coach I have asked all my cliets to wear yellow when training their dogs in public and to have either a yellow ribbon or lease on the dog. I alao hand out small cards that explain the project to all that ask about the ribbon. I love the printed shirts.
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    • Kimberly Says:

      Thanks, Kathryn! I love the idea of cards to hand out. I was inspired, because I got so tired of people calling our dogs aggressive or poorly trained, when they didn’t respect our space. I expect this from people who don’t have dogs, but people who live with dogs should know better – but I knew that I had to jump down from my soap box, because we all need a reminder sometimes. I hope the shirt works!
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  6. Vicki Cook Says:

    I like the idea Kimberly – yet I still see people walking up to you and asking you what it means. That’s just the way people are. They assume that your dog is dog-friendly and human-friendly unless you’re wearing a bright yellow shirt that says “My dog bites”. BTW – you could also use this idea on bandanas, which could be printed with “Dog in Training”. Perhaps you could add a shop to Keep the Tail Wagging to sell these items (t-shirt, hoodies, bandanas, hats, etc.)
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    • Kimberly Says:

      You’re so right, Vicki – but if I can at least redirect their attention to me and not our dogs, I can have a moment to explain about interacting with dogs. That’s all it takes – a second to get their attention so that you can share with them. Fingers crossed. I’d be afraid that a bandanna would just lead to “ohhhh so cute….” without anyone actually reading the bandanna. LOL

      I do have a store with Cafe Press, but I couldn’t get the t-shirt right; Dress United doesn’t offer store – so I’m going to keep plugging away :)
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  7. Kelly Says:

    I LOVE this idea. I had an experience years ago when I took my chihuahua, Dane to petsmart. A mother was there with her perhaps 4 year old daughter. She was clearly not watching her child as I saw the little girl dunking her hand into the aquariums and running amok. Upon spotting Dane and I, she charged at us full speed screeching, “Can I pet your dog?” I drew Dane’s leash in closer to me and told her “no.” The mother was offended at my tone. She actually said to me, “You don’t have to be so rude.” I snapped back, “you may wannna try WATCHING your kid.” Dane is a shy dog, had I let that little girl charge him and get close, he may have bit her. It would have been purely out of fear and self preservation. However, I know that the mother of that young girl would have blamed me for bringing a “mean” dog in public. It was an experience I was not going to allow. I didn’t need anyone scaring my dog, I didn’t need a little girl who’s mother was too busy to parent her end up with a potential dog bite, I didn’t need any of that. Perhaps if I had had a bright yellow hoodie that said “Dog in Training,” the mother would have kept her child a little more under control around my dog.

    *** note, I know the child was not at fault, it was irresponsible parenting at play.
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    • Kimberly Says:

      Glad you like the idea, Kelly! I just cringed reading your story. I know exactly how you feel. What’s funny is that even if you would have so “no, this isn’t a good time” the mother would have still be angry (I think). I’ve found that even parents who teach their kids to ask first haven’t taught them that some people may say no. I’ve had that and then the person says “why are you here then?” Well, not to let your kids smother our dogs. I’ve told people that “we don’t have kids so our dogs aren’t used to interacting with small humans, I just want everyone to be safe.” Even though people will back off, you can sense that they’re put off.

      Oh well. I’m going to be wearing the tshirt all summer long!
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  8. KD Mathews Says:

    THIS IS GREAT!!!!!!!

    I just had a conversation with somebody Saturday about the challenge they were having with their dog and pushy people at the park.

    This is a great way to get the idea across without worrying too much about people’s thin skin or oversensitivity to politely being told to not pet your dog…

    AWESOME!!
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  9. Shaun Hoobler Says:

    Wow. I want those shirts. Are they for sale? Where can I buy them?
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  10. Ursula Says:

    I think this is wonderful. Currently I have a yellow ribbon on my dogs leash and I would so wear those shirts. Might make myself one. As it is, when someone rushes us and asks to pet her, I usually say “sorry, we are working.”
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