Thanks to a postmark on an envelope, I have discovered that this is Royal Mail’s Dog Awareness Week.
On average, eight postal workers a day are attacked by dogs across the UK. The campaign aims to raise awareness of this problem. This is what Royal Mail’s website has to say on the topic:
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 in
- Make sure your dog is out of the way before the postman or woman arrives.
- Place your dog in the back garden or a faraway room.
- If you have a back garden, make sure your dog can’t get round to the front when the postman calls.
Be careful at the door
- Shut your dog into another room 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 them while your mail is being delivered.
- Wait 10 minutes after your mail has arrived to let your pet back into your hallway.
- Keep your dog calm.
- Consider installing a wire letter basket. It will protect your post, and your postman’s fingers.
- You could fit a secure mailbox on the edge of your property.
I’m pleased to say that my six little dogs, which like to watch for the postie every day, pose no threat to anyone at Royal Mail.