North Carolina, if you see a dog wearing a red collar, that is your warnign to stay away.


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The Temptation Of Petting A Dog

Not all dogs are comfortable around strangers. They may become anxious or aggressive when someone approaches them unexpectedly. The owner knows their dog best and can tell you whether it is safe to interact with their furry friend. By asking permission, you can prevent potential accidents or uncomfortable situations.


Additionally, some dogs may have specific training or medical conditions that require them to avoid contact with strangers. Petting these dogs could worsen their condition and harm them unintentionally.

What If There Is No Owner?

But what if the dog is roaming around without their owner? What if the dog has run away from home? As much as you might want to help by catching the dog, you should look at the color of their collar first. If you see a dog wearing a red collar get the heck away from it.
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Secret Collar Code?

Fortunately, there is a way to tell if that cute dog you see roaming around is approachable.

Dog collars and leashes serve to not only protect a dog and other people, they can help us know whether a dog wants affection, has special needs, or what its reaction could be when a stranger or a child is near.

If you have a dog, having a color-coded collar or leash will help you and your dog communicate its needs to the people you might encounter. Likewise, it’s essential to know the meaning of the colors so that you can avoid potential issues you may come across during a walk.


Here Are What The Collar Colors Mean

According to

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

Yellow – The dog is unpredictable and edgy. It could also mean that it’s looking for a new home.

Green – The dog has a friendly nature, and it’s okay to get close alone or with any animal.

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

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

Purple – Don’t feed anything to the dog.

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

Red – Beware of the dog, and don’t get too close. Red signifies "stop, caution, warning" which we all learned as kids.

“Red is the signal that this pet 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 vet care company Dutch is quoted in the article and here's his warning.

Colored Collar Meanings according to
Colored Collar Meanings according to

“These are pets that have been known to snap or bite at passersby, attack other dogs, or lunge at people. These pets may be perfectly fine at home with their owner but become overly protective of them when they are out.”

Think About This When Buying New Collars

In the past, we've just bought the dogs whichever color we thought our dogs would look good in.  Many times that has been a red-collar. But knowing this information, it's a good idea to think twice about which color collar to buy.

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