The DogHorn Yellow Lanyard Campaign


How To Send the “DogHorn” Distress Sounds / Code

  • About the Yellow Lanyard Campaign
  • About the distress sound / code
  • How to Make the right distress sounds / code
  • If you hear hear the sound/code
  • How to create a DogHorn WhatsApp Group

About the Yellow Lanyard Campaign

A UK wide Anti Dog Theft Voluntary Campaign that uses Visibility, Sound and Teamwork to thwart thieves before, during and after a theft or attempted theft. The Lanyard is a visible deterrent and it needs to be

  • a yellow lanyard
  • have a loud whistle similar to a referee whistle (not a dog whistle)
  • be visible and worn outside of clothes / jackets
  • to be used by ANYONE involved in or seeing a theft or hearing the “DogHorn” Distress Sound/Code

You can create you own lanyard but we also sell them already made up in the DogHorn Shop complete with instructions and an ID holder with instructions, making the lanyard even more visible. A portion of the sale to DogHorn.Uk goes towards the campaign and other Dog Causes.

To understand the use of the correct Sound, read on. To learn about the 10 best strategies and tactics that can help you in a theft, click here.

About the Distress Sounds / Code

The distress sound / code has been developed through live exercises within The DogHorn Campaign to be able to alert by-standers and other dog owners to there being an incident nearby that involves a dog AND help is being sought.

The distress sound /code is known as “The DogHorn Code” and consists of a shortened SOS code but one that is a unique code.

How to Make the right Distress Sounds / Code

The code consists of a short blast of sound, followed by a longer blast, followed by a short one. Dit Daaaah Dit. It can be repeated a number of times, in conjunction with shouting, the use of a rape alarm, car horn or any other sound generator.

If You Hear The Distress Sound / Code

Do The PAWS Code:

Do The PAWS Code, (which is part of the DogHorn Campaign Lanyard and Whistle Pack)

P If you see something P is to PAUSE and check. Is it for real? Is someone actually trying to steal, or has stolen a dog. Is it just an argument, or children fooling around? Is someone desperately shouting or whistling? Is it the correct DogHorn code that you are hearing? ( _ _____ _ ) (short long short). Check what is happening. It may be to to ACT

A If the signals are correct then it’s time for the A that you have prepared for. ACT and ACT FAST and ACT INTELLIGENTLY.

W is for WHISTLE. Repeat the sound to get as many others aware too. Not only a whistle, anything available. If possible make the code on a car horn as this is by far the most effective. You may already be in a car or near a car, or can stop someone and tell them what to do. Try and take images or video. There are many possible responses depending on the situation and how many DogHorn responders are close by. Follow a thief safely, but be cautious. Sound is the key. If a thieves knows the game is up, they may well release the dog. Only take more drastic action if you feel you can stay safe and win the confrontation. There may just be enough time to get a police response, but to be honest it’s unlikely.

S is to STAY SAFE. Some responders will take greater risks than others: it’s a personal choice. But we can only recommend that, if confronted by determined or vicious thieves, it is essential to back off. Aim to follow at a safe distance, video if possible and if it is legal.

To Help More

  • Get the Lanyard pack and any equipment you think suitable from the DogHorn Store
  • Follow the DogHorn Facebook Page (@Doghorngroup).
  • ALWAYS wear the Lanyard when dog walking.
  • Be sociable to others wearing the Lanyard; say Hi!, nod, greet, even in a small way. Build your protective dog community.
  • Know the PAWS code and prepare yourself for A for Action. What would you do if you heard the sound? It will never happen when you expect it!

Some Notes

  • There is more to all this and training exercises are a great help. Follow the DogHorn page for events in your area and sign up for a training event when it becomes available.
  • Do not do the DogHorn sound for lost dogs. Whistles and horns will distress them and make recovery harder.
  • Practice the sound WITH your dog, but make sure it’s not going to be mistaken as a real callout. Also practice, because it takes a lot of breath to do the whistling, loud and clear.
  • The key is community action so make sure you spread the word, advertise, display the signs and posters. It’s all sending a strong message to would be thieves to stop before they start.

If you want to set up a DogHorn Zone by getting poster up, encouraging others, creating a Facebook Group and centring it around your local area, then click here to find out how to start a group.

If you want to create a DogHorn WhatsApp group and want to know how then click here

A DogHorn Whatapps group will help with the following

  • a dog theft
  • attempted dog theft
  • thieves in the area
  • dog lost
  • dog found
  • dog hurt
  • YOU being hurt
  • any dog threat (eg poison)
  • or in fact any emergency that is dog related.

Click here to find out how to create a group

“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished”
Dean Koontz