My Dog Doesn’t Bite

Those Wary Eyes Mean Business

Many letter carriers across the country have been told by customers that their dogs don’t bite. While a pet might show a generous affection toward friends and family members, it may not feel quite the same way about strangers. Dogs have their own unique personalities and moods, and their actions may not be as predictable as an owner might think.

There are many reasons why dogs bite. Dogs can be protective of their property, feeling the urge to attack in order to defend. This protection can extend around a yard, a favorite toy, or a human. A dog can be afraid, particularly around strangers, and may strike at someone out of that fear. Giving chase to prey is another reason dogs bite. A dog’s natural pursue and catch instinct can be triggered when it sees someone running or bicycling.

With many reasons why a dog might bite, it’s important to remember how to avoid being bitten:

– Don’t run past a dog.

– If a dog threatens you, don’t scream. Avoid eye contact. Try to remain motionless until the dog leaves, and then back away slowly until the dog is out of sight.

– Don’t approach a strange dog, especially one that’s tethered or confined.

– If you believe a dog is about to attack you, try to place something between yourself and the dog, such as a mail satchel, backpack, or bicycle.

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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

     /  March 28, 2015

    When I hear a customer say ‘He doesn’t bite’ , I say ‘That’s what the last guy told me right before his dog bit me’… That usually makes the customer think about what he just said !!
    You just got to be aware when a dog is around … no matter what the size !!

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