This week is Royal Mail’s National Dog Awareness Week (Monday 6 July – Friday 10 July 2020), a week set aside to raise awareness of the postmen and women who have suffered dog attacks whilst doing their job. Last year 2,445 postal workers were attacked when delivering the post and some of these incidents have left postal workers seriously injured both physically and emotionally.

Dog Awareness Week was established eight years ago in association with the Communication Workers Union and it is primarily focused on promoting responsible dog ownership and protecting postal workers.

Dog Awareness Week in Numbers

·        - On average 7 postal workers were attacked by a dog each day last year.

·        - Last year 1,881 postal workers were bitten by dogs.

·        - 1,622 days of work were lost to injury in 2019.

·        - 33% of attacks happened at the door.

·        - 4% of attacks took place via the letterbox.

·        - 41% of attacks happened in front gardens.

Jon Cruddas MP who has long supported postal workers and the CWU said: “during lockdown postal workers have played a crucial role in keeping our communities and businesses connected – delivering not only our mail but essential prescriptions and even coronavirus tests to NHS and social care staff. There are many practical steps that dog owners can do to support and protect postal workers, as a dog owner myself I encourage residents to check out the Royal Mail website for tips and advice on responsible dog ownership.”

For advice and tips visit: www.royalmail.com/dogawareness