Illinois, if you see a dog wearing a red collar, leave immediately

We love our dogs. Sid & Sarge are big dogs. But I’ll be honest… your dog is not my favorite. I have to get used to new dogs. Which does two things: it makes the dog anxious and it makes my family laugh at me when they see that I’m nervous around new dogs.

All the extra fun and games, if you see a dog wearing a red collar get away from it. More on that in a minute.

Is this dog accepted?

If the owner is with the dog, it’s always a good idea to ask “is your dog friendly”? If they say “yes”, then I’m more than happy to give the good boy a few scratches. But if they’re not there, I have to wait until I’m sure he’s not going to bite my hand before I can calm myself down.

Secret collar code?

If I had known there was a secret “collar code” to indicate the dog’s personality, I guess I would have had less anxiety. Did you know this code? Before talking to you about red collars Here’s what these collars mean on dogs according to

Orange – This dog does not get along well with other dogs.

Yellow – The dog is unpredictable and nervous. It could also mean that he is looking for a new home.

Green – The dog has a friendly nature and it is normal to get close alone or with any animal.

Blue – The dog is a service animal. It’s a training or a job, so don’t disturb it.

White – The dog has difficulty hearing or seeing, or is completely blind/deaf.

Purple – Do not give anything to the dog.

I had no idea, did I?

Here’s why you immediately leave when you see a dog wearing a red collar.

Red – BEWARE OF DOG, and don’t get too close. Red means “stop, caution, warning” which we all learned as children.

“Red is a signal that this animal is aggressive and needs space from both people and other animals,” according to Reader’s Digest. Dr. Brian Evans, veterinarian and medical director of virtual veterinary care company Dutch, is quoted in the article and here is his disclaimer.

“They are known pets for snapping or biting passers-by, attacking other dogs or lunging at people. These pets can be perfectly fine at home with their owner, but become overly protective of them when they’re out.

Photo by David Taffet on Unsplash

Photo by David Taffet on Unsplash

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In the past, we just bought the dogs in the color the kids thought they would look good in. Often it has been a red collar. But we’ll think about it differently the next time Sid & Sarge have new necklaces.

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