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Mar 5

Avoiding Dog Bites

Okay, most of us probably don’t have to worry too much about getting bit by a dog on our jobs.  However, for those of us who work outdoors, in residential neighborhoods, such as postal carriers, construction workers, or door-to-door sales people, a confrontation with a canine actually may be something we need to be prepared for!

Let’s look to the National Association of Letter Carriers for some advice on what precautions and strategies to take to avoid dog bites:

  • Always carry pepper spray.
  • If possible, contact the owner of any dogs you may encounter that may be running loose, or contact local Animal Control.
  • Do not run past a dog. Its natural instinct may be to chase you down!
  • When directly threatened by a dog, do not make eye contact! Remain motionless briefly, then slowly back away until you are out of danger.
  • Do not approach a strange dog, even if it is chained or restricted behind a fence.

For more information on workplace safety tips, please contact your local TSS office or email

Eric Bartholomew, CPC, BAT

TSS, Inc.