Any type of service that comes to your home could be at risk of a dog bite. According to the United States Postal Service, almost 6,000 postal workers suffered some type of injury because of dog attacks in 2020.
Mail carriers go to homes six days a week, and dog owners should be aware that their pet poses a risk to these workers. There are some active ways people can help to avoid an attack.
Barriers and planning
The best way to protect a postal worker is to keep the dog contained. Owners can do this by putting up fencing or keeping their dog on a leash, in a kennel or in the house. Anywhere away from the mailbox that will keep your dog from running out is an ideal spot to contain a dog.
Most people understand their postal worker will come to their homes daily. However, they may not be aware of the time. The USPS offers an informed delivery service that will tell each household if they are getting mail that day, including packages, which could require a signature. By knowing what to expect, a dog owner can properly restrain their pet before it becomes a danger to the carrier.
Above all else, dog owners need to be responsible for their pets. Carriers are only trying to do their jobs, but dogs can mistake them for a threat. It isn’t either of their faults. The owner is the one who needs to be sure neither the carrier nor the dog is in danger by practicing smart precautions to keep the dog under control.