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Tips for managing dogs when the post arrives

09 Mar 2017, 14:12 ... t-arrives/

People living in Nottingham have had their postal deliveries stopped because the postmen fear they will be attacked by a dog belonging to one of the residents.

Missy is a 3-year-old Shetland sheepdog and postmen say she has barked and chased them when they try to deliver letters.

If you have a dog, here are some tips on what to do to help the Royal Mail deliver your mail quickly, easily and safely:

Keep your dog in: Make sure your dog is out of the way before the postman or woman arrives. Place your dog in the back garden or a faraway room. If you have a back garden, make sure your dog can't get round to the front when the postman calls.

Be careful at the door: Shut your dog into another room before you open the front door. Make sure children don’t open the door, as dogs can push past them.

Occupy your dog: Give your dog some food or a toy to occupy them while your mail is being delivered. Wait 10 minutes after your mail has arrived to let your pet back into your hallway. Keep your dog calm.

Letter box: Consider installing a wire letter basket. It will protect your post, and your postman’s fingers. You could fit a secure mailbox on the edge of your property.

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