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How do you keep your dog from biting the mailman?

Although your dog might generally stay inside your Connecticut home, sometimes people such as postal workers have occasion to come to your door. You know that your dog is friendly, but this may not be common knowledge. If your dog feels threatened by the mailman and bites him, you may be held liable.

The stereotype of dogs biting the mailman is more real than you may think. According to the Connecticut Post, postal worker dog bites increased 13 percent in 2015. Five postal workers were bitten by dogs in Bridgeport in the past year, and 2015 saw 6,549 attacks across the country.

You may think that because your dog is well-trained and has a good temperament, you do not need to worry about your pet when the mailman comes. However, interactions, not temperament or size, determine whether or not your dog might bite a postal worker. Postal workers are the third most-likely group of people to be attacked by a dog. This is because they come into your yard, and dogs sometimes interpret simple actions such as exchanging a package to be threatening.

To protect your family from the liability of a dog bite, and your mailman from injuries, it is recommended that you keep your dog away from these interactions. Make sure your children know that mail or packages should not be accepted when your pet is nearby. Because dogs may be strong enough to break glass or screen doors, it is a good idea to make sure your dog stays in another room when postal workers come to your home.

This information is educational in nature, and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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