News Dog Awareness Week

Published on June 28th, 2018 | by Sarah Jubb

Reducing Attacks With Dog Awareness Week

They’re man’s best friend and some of our most beloved pets, but for many postal workers across the country dogs often pose a significant threat. Without the hardworking postmen and women who deliver mail to around 30 million addresses in the UK, we wouldn’t receive the important news that often comes by post.

It might inspire comical scenes from a cartoon for many people, but the threat of dogs to postal workers is very real. Royal Mail reports that over 44 postmen and women are attached every week in the UK, with some of these leading to permanent and disabling injuries.

Between 2017-2018, 2,275 dog attacks took place which can have detrimental effects on not only the physical health of postal workers but also potentially mental effects. 82% of attacks occurred in either the garden or at the front door and with summer fast approaching, it is more likely that dogs will be allowed to roam free in their garden with both parents and children home.

Dog Awareness Week 2018

To try and combat dog attacks on postal workers, Royal Mail has launched their sixth successive Dog Awareness Week. This aims to try to get dog owners to understand how important it is to prevent dog attacks on postmen and women along with getting them to understand the impact an attack can have.

What is important to note is that Royal Mail is not saying, or implying, that dogs are inherently dangerous. Many dogs may simply attack as they feel defensive of their home, which makes sense given a postal worker is a stranger on their territory.

However, the health and safety of their workers is Royal Mail’s priority and raising awareness can hopefully help to reduce the number of attacks. The week is supported by a range of organisations and animal charities including the National Dog Wardens Association, Dogs Trust, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and the National Police Chief’s Council.


Some Useful Tips to Prevent Dogs Attacking Posties

While there can be no way to know for sure whether a dog will attack, Royal Mail has some useful tips that dog owners can engage in to try and reduce the number of attacks. These can include:

  • Making sure that your dog is out of the way when the postman or woman arrives by putting the dog into a different room or in the back garden with the access closed.
  • Placing your dog into another room to reduce the risk of them accidently pushing past the recipient and giving them the chance to attack.
  • If your dog that likes to attach the mail then perhaps consider installing a wire letter receptacle that can protect not only your postal workers fingers but also keep your post in the best condition!
  • Finally, if there is no way to keep your dog away from a postman or woman, then perhaps consider having a secure mailbox fitted to the edge of your property to provide them with an easy way to deliver your mail.

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