“DEWS is a marvelous, well-needed and long-overdue project.” Dr. Ian Dunbar


We are all saddened  when we hear that a child has been attacked by a dog; A child is hurt and a dog may be euthanized because of an encounter gone wrong.

To keep both, humans and our furry friends safe, DEWS’ mission is to  reduce the risk of negative encounters with dogs by establishing a safety protocol using color coded bandanas and by teaching  the public the point of etiquette, that no dog should be approached without first obtaining permission from its owner.  This system will enable owners to indicate from a distance how their dog must be approached!

DEWS is not meant to label a dog as being either “good”  or “bad”, but gives responsible pet owners an opportunity to signal their wishes to oncoming pedestrians in advance of an encounter.  An owner may possess all three colors of the bandana to use at various times for the same dog, depending on the way she wishes people to interact with her pet that day for her own reasons.

Remember to teach your children that not all dogs need hugs! We invite you to browse our website to learn more about the DEWS system.

Green Bandanas
A green bandana means that the dog is known to be FRIENDLY, and would love some attention. But remember… Even the friendliest dog may have unknown triggers, and should still be treated with measured caution so…  Always ask for permission before approaching any dog!

Yellow Bandanas
A yellow bandana means CAUTION!  The owner is open to interaction but asks that you first obtain permission and instructions from a distance before interacting with their dog. Dogs with yellow bandanas may not like people wearing hats or may prefer to be approached in a certain manner.

Red Bandanas
Red means DO NOT APPROACH! Notice that red does not mean that the dog is necessarily aggressive. It means that for their own reasons, the owner does not wish for their dog to be approached THAT DAY. The owner may want uninterrupted time to themselves, or their dog may be: in training, old, injured, sick, post surgery, or submissive, requiring protection from overly enthusiastic encounters with other dogs, children, or adults.