Avoid drama when the postman calls

Royal Mail is appealing to dog owners during Dog Awareness Week to help keep animals under control when the postman calls.

There were two attacks on postmen in Ballymoney in the period 2012-2013 none having been recorded the previous year.

In total, 73 postmen and women were attacked by dogs from April 2012 to April 2013 (down from 89 in the previous year).

Dog attacks are a significant hazard, faced by postmen and women on a daily basis. The number of attacks rises during the school holidays and in the summer months when parents and children are at home and dogs are sometimes allowed unsupervised in the garden or out onto the streets without restraints.

There are some easy tips on how to avoid drama when the postman arrives; even taking your dog out for a walk during the time that you know the post will be delivered. Always remain calm with your dog and use positive methods to get him used to the postman arriving.

All of our top tips for helping your dog get over this fear, and indeed avoid it developing in the first place, are here www.royalmailgroup.com/dogs.”