Australia Post warns dog owners of attacks on postal workers

Dog owners across the country are urged to secure their pets after Australia Post recorded an increase in attacks on their postal workers and delivery drivers.

Footage released by Australia Post shows several incidents where an unsecured dog chased, attacked and bit a postal worker delivering parcels and mail to the letterbox or front door.

Australia Post has appealed for aggressive dogs to be restrained after staff suffered 1,173 incidents involving dogs since July last year – nearly 400 in a single year.

Australia Post executive director general Rod Barnes said incidents involving dogs had tripled in the past five years, with a postal worker or delivery driver being attacked five times a day.

Footage released by Australia Post on Monday shows postal workers being attacked, chased and bitten by dogs as they attempted to deliver mail and parcels

Mad dogs have been responsible for a number of serious injuries to postal workers, often biting them on the arms and legs.

In one video, a large dog is seen running out the front door of a house and rushing at the postman.

Mr Barnes said the front door poses the biggest challenge as dogs break free from owners who try to restrain their animal with their leg or knee.

Pictured: A postman bitten in the leg by a guard dog

Injuries suffered by another postal worker bitten on the arm by a dog

Australia Post has released images of injuries suffered by postal workers (pictured, left and right) on their postal journey. Thousands of postal workers across the country have had their legs and arms bitten by dogs

“These incidents can be traumatic for our team members at the front door and for the pet owner,” Barnes said.

“Dogs attack our postal workers and delivery drivers about five times a day and that has tripled in the last five years,” Mr Barnes said.

“Our postal workers know how important their job is and they do their best to get mail and packages to your doorstep, but they need to feel safe and we need the help of dog owners to make that happen. .

“If our postal workers don’t feel safe at the mailbox or at the front door, they may not be able to deliver.”

Another video shows a large Rottweiler guarding the mailbox by jumping over the fence and barking.

We see a dog running after the postman's motorcycle

The dog runs in front of the motorcycle and tries to stop and attack the postman

Australia Post said incidents involving dogs had tripled in the past five years, with drivers being attacked on average five times a day. While attacks occur at front doors, mailboxes and front yards, about half take place on sidewalks and on the road

Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia have seen the most incidents with dogs and although attacks occur at front doors, letterboxes and front yards, around the half occur on the trails and on the road.

The footage, compiled from various videos, shows a number of large dogs chasing and attacking the postal workers’ motorcycle.

“Even if a dog doesn’t bite, it can cause a serious accident running past a postman or driver in an electric delivery vehicle, and it can also hurt your pet,” Barnes said.

“We really ask people to remember to close their doors, keep their pets safe and ensure that our employees can deliver their packages and mail safely to them.”

Australia Post has launched the ‘Even Good Dogs Have Bad Days’ awareness campaign calling on owners to help keep postal workers safe.

In another video, a large Rottweiler is seen guarding the mailbox by jumping over the fence and barking.  Australia Post launched the awareness campaign

In another video, a large Rottweiler is seen guarding the mailbox by jumping over the fence and barking. Australia Post has launched the ‘Even Good Dogs Have Bad Days’ awareness campaign calling on owners to secure their dogs so postal workers are safe and can do their jobs

Experienced postman Tony Gadsby has suffered yet another dog bite as he travels a new route.

Mr Gadsby, who has spent more than 20 years delivering mail and parcels, said he had no time to react when the dog rushed towards him.

“I was quite anxious for a minute but managed to calm myself down,” Mr Gadsby said.

“I’m a bit more tired and it’s difficult for me because I love dogs, but you have to treat them all as a potential danger.

“It’s common for people to say ‘he never bites’, but as a dog owner myself, I know they can be unpredictable, and I urge other owners to take that extra moment to ensure that their dog will not be a danger to someone who is just doing his job.

Australian veterinarian Dr Katrina Warren said dogs can be afraid of unfamiliar visitors or view postal workers as intruders on their territory and engage in dangerous behavior.

Experienced postal worker Tony Gadsby (pictured) said he had no time to react when he was bitten by another dog while traveling a new route  He urged dog owners to take the extra time and secure their pets

Experienced postal worker Tony Gadsby (pictured) said he had no time to react when he was bitten by another dog while traveling a new route He urged dog owners to take the extra time and secure their pets

‘The problem is the postman always comes back so your dog will still bark at them to make them go away, but after a while your dog may raise the bar and bark more, growl, snap or even bite to make sure your postie really gets the picture,” Dr. Warren said.

“If a dog is given the opportunity to keep repeating this behavior, it will become a habit that can be hard to break and dangerous for visitors, including postal workers.”

Australia Post has advised customers who are unable to secure their dogs to request that items be left in a safe place for the parcel and our postmen or choose a free 24/7 parcel locker to collect parcels away from home.

DR WARREN’S TIPS FOR DOG OWNERS

Prevent opportunity

Place your dog in a place where he cannot see or interact with the postman. Don’t let them run free in a yard or walkway where they have access to people entering your property or may bark at people through a door or fence.

leave your dog

Don’t let your dog run out when someone comes to the door. Have a leash and treats by the door and put your dog on a leash when someone comes. Ask your dog to sit down and give him a treat before going out together.

Make positive associations

Teach your dog that when the postman visits your property, something positive will happen, like getting lots of treats from you for calm behavior. You can start training as soon as you bring home a puppy.

Ask a professional for advice

If your dog has ever bitten someone or shows warning signs such as growling and growling, you should seek veterinary behaviorist help as soon as possible.

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