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LAKEWOOD, Ohio — There’s a new way to warn people if your four-legged family member is feeling grumpy or aggressive.  It’s called the Yellow Dog Project.

“Dogs are awfully cute and everybody wants to pet them but they don’t always want to be petted,” said Christy Paxton of Brook Park.

Paxton has been a dog trainer for the past 10 years.  She believes the Yellow Dog Project is a great way to warn other pet owners that an animal should not be approached or bothered.

This is how the Yellow Dog Project works:  If you see a dog wearing a yellow ribbon or something yellow on their leash, it means the dog needs some space.

The simple concept outlined on the Yellow Dog website has been spreading to dozens of countries, although its origin is unclear.

Fox 8 News reached out to the Yellow Dog website but has not heard back.

“It tells people that they need to be careful.  On certain dogs have some issues with people approaching them, dogs approaching them and so on, and it might just be that dog is scared and needs help.  It might be that it’s an older dog,” Paxton explained.

Paxton also believes while training man’s best friend the yellow ribbon effort would help so people will not approach your pet and distract it from learning.

Dog owners at Lakewood’s dog park say they like the idea of the Yellow Dog Project.  It’s a great way to keep people and their pets safe.

“I think it’s a good idea just to let everyone know maybe your dog is being cranky, maybe he just got spayed or neutered or something like that and not very friendly, I guess,” said DeCarla Mathis of Fairview Park.

Some pet owners say if people were more aware of the Yellow Dog Project it could save someone from being bitten or hurt someday.