Mail carriers vs. dogs: how they’re learning to protect themselves

Credit: WLFI

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — In 2015, more than 5,000 postal carriers were bitten by dogs in the United States.

In an effort to keep carriers safe, Lafayette animal control officers visited local post offices this morning to teach workers how to protect themselves. Carriers are trained to be on a constant look-out for dogs during deliveries. When they run into an aggressive dog, they are told to avoid showing fear and stand their ground. Carriers also have animal repellent spray as a last resort.

Lafayette Animal Control Officer Josh Klumpe said dog owners can help by keeping their dogs contained.

“Inspect your screen doors and your Plexiglas doors, because they can become loose or ajar. Talk to the family. Talk to the small children in the house. Put baby gates in front of the doors, if that’s going to deter the dogs,” said Klumpe.

Postal worker Nat Rumba says is on high alert during his route.

“I don’t have to be a hero or anything like that to make sure the mail is delivered there that particular day. It’s the dog’s yard,” said Rumba. “They’re just protective of their own property. I honor that and respect that as well. ”

Klumpe said dog behavior is unpredictable and even nice dogs can be aggressive. He said the cliché is true. Dogs typically do not like mail carriers.

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