as title says, whats peoples take on this?
im a postman, deal with dogs all the time, love dogs,and have bred jack russells in the past for a few years so i know the temperament signs..
many many times ive been run at by dogs as i enter people's gardens.. never once has a dog been wearing a muzzle, i dont just mean a gated and walled garden.. i mean all gardens, walled,fenced,open.. housing estates,private houses.. even appartment blocks..
by run at i mean a direct run towards me with teeth showing,snarling, sometimes in almost silence..headdown and would snap ya if it got ya..
barking is ok, a warning to me.. lots of dogs pay no heed at all and some are fearfull.. most are the opposite.. will chase ..attempt to bite,prevent me delivering the post.. not just to their own house, but usually to within 4 or 5 houses once they spot you.. sometimes more..
if they pack up with other dogs and surround you its pretty fear inducing let me tell ya..
question is simple.. do the owners of these animals not even consider a postman/delivery person when they leave animals free to wander their general housing areas..
do you expect to still get your post,and your neighbours to get theirs?
would you prefer if the postman simply reported your dog,and you.. and informed your neighbours why they were not receiving their post?
and what if we are bitten???
happens more than you might think..
dog owners opinions here please.. if you were at work would you like my dog snapping around your ankles,or worse ???
I would not expect my post to be delivered if I was the owner of a dog that would do such things to make them worry about their safety while delivery my mail.
I had a JR that would pull the post out of the letter box and rip it up. After a while the post man just left it on the door step. Don't blame them at all.
No thats why we have a post box outside the gate......... Don't think you should have to put yourself in harms way. See some responsible dog owners do take your limbs into consideration
I would not expect to get post if I allowed my dogs out to bother the postman.
in fact our bin man years ago refused to collect from us as the dog was out one day when he came. the dog did not do anything but at the end of the day he has a job to do and should not have to deal with my choice of pet interfering or disrupting that.
im well aware some do
, im also well used to the phrase "sure he/she wont bite" as they are barkin away ,and making inroads towards you.. even if they do not bite they make a postmans job pretty stressful thinking they might..
just want owners who dont think about it to actually give it some thought..
in france the posties have pepper spray for dogs !!
we dont have to enter any garden/area where there is a threatening dog..
there are plenty of owners who dont give it a second thought though.. hence thread
thanks for reading
The owners should have a postbox up, the dogs at the back of the house(my scenario), or the dog socialised to you.
I know a road like the one you describe, about 6 houses, all have dogs and if you go for a walk and one starts barking they all gang up on you....the dog warden had to be called and everyone was warned to keep their dogs in.
In your case, inform the owner, there's no way you should have to put up with that.
Absolutely not,no way anyone should risk life or limb to deliver a few bills or the like! Mine are out the back only,and the barking they give our postman,he probably needs earplugs!
Agree. That's why my dog is always indoors, doesn't make lots of noise for my neighbours when im gone and he's only let out to the backgarden with a gate when were home.
I always house trained my dogs to live inside and ask when they want to go outside. This way no one has to listen to my dog barking outside or chasing cars, kids,bin man or the postman. Id completely understand if my postman chose not to deliver if he was bothered by our dog
I know my dog goes mental when he sees or hears the postman coming, but this is the reason why he's indoors.
I think you should be able to do your job without fear of attack, from people or dogs.
It would be interesting to see how quickly the dogs were contained if the owners weren't getting any post. Although, maybe thats why I haven't got my household charge notification through the post ...........
junk mail is a whole other thread
bane of my life lol, have yet to meet someone who has welcomed it..
must have some effect though as it keeps comming
Its an interesting query OP, to add to the discussion please would you reply with what your employer advises intheir h&s statement and employee training as to how to deal with a loose dog in a front garden?
we do not have to enter an area with threatening dog/s full stop.
be madness to tell us otherwise
No way should you have to put yourself at risk!
Funny, when I lived with my parents in the countryside, my father was friends with our postman and we knew the postman who would fill in when he was away.
So, one day a completely strange postman arrived down the driveway in his van. Our golden lifted his head on the doorstep and began to slowly wag his tail (expecting his usual scratch on the head), our tiny terrier ran over to the door of the van, attempting to get the first rub.
The post man beeped his horn and I walked over to the van before realizing it was a different person, I apologized for the little guy.. He laughed and said it was the big fella on the step he was scared of!
My dogs are let out into our garden, which is fully secure with a gate. Because they are often outside in the good weather we installed a postbox on the outside wall. They never attacked the postwoman, but would jump up when running to greet her leaving paw prints on her trousers.
Even so, if the postman/woman is unsure of the dog it must be unnerving to have to enter the garden. So I think anyone who leaves their dog loose in their garden should fix a postbox on the outside.
OP, as a postman, have you come across the same issue, but with cats?