On average around nine postal workers a day are attacked by dogs across the UK, with the number of attacks peaking during the school holidays.
If you have a dog, here are some tips on what to do to help us deliver your mail quickly, easily and safely:
Keep your dog safely inside or in your back garden
- Make sure your dog is out of the way before your postal worker arrives.
- Place your dog in the back garden or a faraway room where he/she can't get out.
- If you have a back garden, make sure your dog can't get round to the front when the postal worker calls.
Be careful at the door
- Place your dog in another room temporarily before you open the front door.
- Make sure children don't open the door, as dogs can push past them.
Occupy your dog
- Give your dog some food or a toy to occupy him/her while your mail is being delivered.
- Wait a few minutes after your mail has arrived to let your pet back into your hallway.
- Consider installing a wire letter basket. It will protect your post, and your postal worker's fingers.
- You could fit a secure mailbox on the edge of your property.