And so should we as pet parents.
Even though we may pamper them and treat them like babies, dog are still animals and most have a protective instinct for their own safety, for their home and for the ones they love. The most mild-mannered pooch could potentially lash out if he or she feels afraid or threatened. It’s our job to make sure that our dogs are socialized well to minimize this risk and to take precautionary steps to ensure the safety of everyone who comes in contact with our pets.
These are good tips from the USPS:
How to be a Responsible Dog Owner
- Obedience training can teach dogs proper behavior and help owners control their dogs in any situation.
- Dogs can be protective of their territory and may interpret the actions of a letter carrier as a threat. Please take precautions when accepting mail in the presence of your pet.
- When a letter carrier comes to your home, keep your dog inside, away from the door, in another room or on a leash.
- Dogs that haven’t been properly socialized, receive little attention or handling, or are left tied up for long periods of time frequently turn into biters.
Here’s a list of US cities with the most frequent dog attacks. No city in Virginia makes the list (but our eastern neighbors Baltimore did) and I am sure we all want to keep it that way.
|Fiscal Year 2012 U.S. Postal Service Dog Attack City Ranking
Nothing good comes of a dog bite, not for the dog, who could be labeled as dangerous and face seizure or worse, and certainly not for the injured person, who could be a child.