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Top Products for Dogs With Anxiety - Help for Nervous Dogs With Yellow Dog UK

Written by Steph McCulloch


Discover the best products for dogs with anxiety in our comprehensive guide. From long-line leads to vests and lead flags, find the perfect solutions to help your furry friend feel more relaxed and secure.
A worried Beagle-type dog resting his head on his owners arm.

"Some Dogs Need Space"

For many dog owners, the joy of walking their dogs in public spaces can sometimes be overshadowed by the stress of managing their dog’s nervous or reactive behaviour. Nervous or anxious dogs can be misunderstood as aggressive or unfriendly which can lead to challenges for both the dog and owner, particularly during walks or when encountering other dogs and people.

That’s why in 2012 Yellow Dog UK was created, because “Some Dogs Need Space”. They aim to raise awareness among all dog owners, walkers and the general public that if you see a dog wearing yellow you should recall your dog and allow the Yellow Dog to have some space. It’s a simple message - by adopting a visible bright yellow marker such as a bandana, lead, vest, or ribbon, you can effectively communicate your dog's need for space.

They have also pledged to provide free yellow ribbons to anyone with a nervous dog and have sponsors such as Junior Hudson at Heal The Dog, Humberside Police and Butcher’s Dog Foods, along with many dog trainers, vets and dog behaviourists, all of whom are helping to spread awareness that “Some Dogs Need Space”.

They have also created a range of
Yellow Dog UK products that can be used as tools to help raise awareness of nervous dogs and ease dog anxiety symptoms by giving them the space they need.

A Rhodesian Ridgeback wearing an 'I need space' yellow vest and looking off into the distance.

There are various risk factors that can contribute to a dog developing anxiety.

For some dogs, it's a matter of recovery, as they may be healing from recent surgery or overcoming an illness that makes them particularly vulnerable to stress.

Other dogs have endured difficult pasts and may have faced abuse or neglect, leading to heightened fear or anxiety in social situations.

It's also common for puppies or dogs in the midst of training to need a quieter environment to stay focused and not get overwhelmed.

Significant changes in a dog's environment or routine, such as moving to a new home, the addition or loss of family members or pets, or changes in schedule, can trigger anxiety in some dogs.

Addressing these risk factors through proper socialisation and training and, when necessary, seeking professional help from a veterinarian or qualified dog behaviourist, can help mitigate the development or severity of anxiety in dogs.

Our top 5 products for nervous dogs

For nervous dogs here’s where Yellow Dog UK comes in. They currently have a range of products for you and your nervous dog to help make your lives a little easier.

You can also check out some testimonials here.

A woman and a Cockapoo standing on grass. The dog is wearing a yellow 'I need space' lead to show it is nervous.

1. ​I NEED SPACE™ 1.5m Double-Handle Dog Lead

A double-handle lead is a practical and versatile tool for walking dogs with anxiety or reactive behaviours. The dual handles offer increased control and flexibility, which can be invaluable when managing strong or energetic dogs, especially in challenging situations. The positioning of the second handle closer to the dog's collar or harness is particularly beneficial for providing quick and immediate control when needed, such as near traffic or when passing other dogs or people.

The lead’s signature yellow colour and the "I NEED SPACE" message serve as an important visual alert to other walkers to give the dog space. This can help prevent unwanted interactions and reduce stress for both the dog and the owner during walks.

A Husky dog wearing an 'I need space' flag on his lead.

2. I NEED SPACE™ Lead Flag

The Yellow Dog UK “I NEED SPACE” lead flag attaches with Velcro to your existing lead making it an easy addition to your dog’s current lead set-up.

The lead flag serves as a visual signal to other dog owners and pedestrians that the dog on the lead requires some distance or space.

A woman walking a Cockapoo on a long yellow lead.

3. Yellow Dog UK™ BioThane Training Lead

Using a long training lead can be a helpful tool for providing dogs with extra space to move and explore while you are still maintaining control. This can be especially beneficial for dogs with anxiety or other behavioural issues that may prevent them from being safely off-leash in public areas like parks. This lead measures 5 metres so you can safely give your dog distance whilst keeping them in your sight.

A brown and tan dog wearing an 'I need space' yellow vest.

4. I NEED SPACE™ Dog Vest

The best-selling “I NEED SPACE” yellow dog vest is a practical and beneficial option for owners of nervous dogs who want to ensure their pet's safety and visibility, particularly in low-light conditions. The bright yellow vest and reflective strips make the dog easily visible from a distance, both during the day and at night.

The vest is available in five sizes, from Great Dane to Chihuahua, and is extremely lightweight with easy-to-use Velcro straps, ensuring a comfortable and secure fit for all dogs.

By wearing this vest, the dog is easily identified as a Yellow Dog, signalling to others that they may need extra space or consideration due to their anxiety or other special needs.

Take it from their amazing customers:

“An amazing walk in our “I NEED SPACE” vest today. A fairly busy route that we would normally avoid. The vest is bold enough that people can see it in plenty of time to collect their dogs and give us plenty of space when they pass. It really is a game-changer for us. I genuinely feel he was more relaxed, probably because I was more relaxed.”

A dog and their owner kneeling on the floor and smiling at the camera.

5. MY DOG NEEDS SPACE™ Lightweight Tabard

The "MY DOG NEEDS SPACE" tabard can serve as a helpful communication tool for dog owners, indicating to others that their dog requires extra space or consideration during walks or interactions.

You can pair your dog's yellow gear with a Yellow Dog UK tabard to stand out when walking.

The Yellow Dog UK ‘I Need Space’ campaign

By educating the pet and animal welfare communities about the importance of respecting a dog's need for space we can ensure safer and more comfortable walks for all dogs. Remember, when you see a dog in yellow, maintain distance and give them time to move out of your way - respect their space.

After all, every dog, regardless of background or behavioural tendencies, should be given some space and the chance to thrive. For more information, please visit or drop an email at [email protected].

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