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D.E.W.S is the Dog Early Warning System

The Dog Bandana Wearing System (D.E.W.S.) is a simple way to communicate at a distance, whether or not unfamiliar dogs may be approached. D.E.W.S. is not meant to label a dog as being either “good” or “bad” but rather, the system was developed to give responsible pet owners an opportunity to indicate how their dog must be approached.  

Red - means Do Not Approach!  It means that 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.

Yellow - means Caution!  The owner is open to interaction but asks that you seek permission first and listen to instructions when approaching the dog. These dogs may have sensitivities to men, kids, hats, other dogs or a number of other reasons to proceed with caution.

Green- means that the dog is known to be friendly and would love some attention. But remember… even good dogs can bite so you must ask for permission from the owner to approach.

D.E.W.S. Bandanas In Action

Purchase a D.E.W.S. Bandana

Berkley's Place is your source for the D.E.W.S. bandanas.

You can purchase a D.E.W.S bandana directly from Berkeley’s Place (13550 163 Street, Edmonton). All proceeds go directly to their mission of providing supplies, food, medical equipment and support to various animal rescue organizations.


This information is provided as a service by Berkeley's Place (the “Company”) and the City of Edmonton (the "City"). The Company and the City make no warranties or representations regarding the effectiveness of the Dog Early Warning System (the “D.E.W.S.”) or the accuracy of a particular bandana colour. Further, the Company and the City assume no responsibility, and shall not be liable, for any injuries, loss or damage to any individual or animal which may occur as a result of using or relying on the D.E.W.S.

For More Information

Animal Care & Control Centre

13550 - 163 Street
Edmonton, AB

Facility information and hours

Online Contact 311

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Fax 780-496-8824

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