July 7, 2022

Staying One Step Ahead of Dogs in Flint, MI

Postal Carriers share tips with customers to help prevent dog attacks.

National Dog Bite Awareness Week

What:

Dog attacks are a year-round problem for postal carriers. Warmer weather and increased traffic in and out of homes and fences makes dog confrontations more likely.

More than 5,400 postal employees were attacked by dogs in the United States in 2021. From nips and bites to vicious attacks, aggressive dog behavior poses a serious threat to postal employees and the public. To highlight the enormity of this serious issue, the U.S. Postal Service is providing information on the do’s and don’ts of responsible dog ownership.

On Monday, July 11, 2022, at 8:30 A.M. at the Flint, MI Post Office, join renowned professional dog trainer Hector Hernandez and his dog, with the help of letter carriers, demonstrate how to prevent dog bite injuries and offer tips to customers to help protect our carriers.

Who:

Hector Hernandez, Hector Speaks LLC, Dog Bite Prevention Trainer
Postmaster Ron Hippensteel, Flint, MI Post Office

When:

Monday, July 11, 2022, at 8:30 a.m.

Where:

Flint, MI Post Office
250 E. Boulevard
Flint, MI  48502

Background:

Being a Responsible Pet Owner
Dog owners with friendly dogs often expect a friendly reaction from other dogs. However, even friendly dogs will bite, depending on the circumstance. Dogs are primarily territorial in nature and protective of their owners and their owners’ property. Defending its territory sometimes means attacking — and possibly biting — the letter carrier. Dog owners are responsible for controlling their dogs. The best way to keep everyone safe from dog bites is to recognize and promote responsible pet ownership.

Most people know the approximate time their letter carrier arrives every day. Securing your dog before the carrier approaches your property will minimize any dog-carrier interactions.

When a letter carrier comes to your home, keep dogs:

  • Inside the house or behind a fence;
  • Away from the door or in another room; or
  • On a leash.

Pet owners also should remind their children not to take mail directly from a letter carrier as the dog may view the carrier as a threat.

Informed Delivery is a useful tool for dog-owning customers. It’s a free service that gives customers a digital preview of the mail and packages that are scheduled to be delivered so that they can take precautions and secure their dog when parcels are delivered to the door. Sign up at informeddelivery.usps.com.

“The Postal Service takes the safety of our employees as seriously as we take our commitment to delivering America’s mail,” said Postmaster Ron Hippensteel, Flint Post Office. “Please deliver for us by being responsible pet owners and make sure your dogs are secured when our carrier comes to your mailbox.”

The Postal Service generally receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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