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Paul O'Grady Teams Up With Royal Mail for Dog Awareness Week

01 July 2015

UK - Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and their Ambassador Paul O'Grady have teamed up with Royal Mail for Dog Awareness Week (29 June to 4 July) to advise dog owners on preventing incidents.

Battersea has put together a guide for dog owners on how to help keep their dog under control when postal workers come to the door, and they are also offering advice to Royal Mail workers on how to approach dogs on their delivery rounds.

Battersea Ambassador Paul O’Grady is backing this year’s Dog Awareness Week and said: “Your dog may be your best friend but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s everyone’s best friend. Dogs can get anxious around new people and need our help and reassurance.

"It’s our job as good pet owners to make sure we treat our dogs with love and respect but also take the right steps to ensure they have safe and happy interactions not just with postmen but any visitors to the home. So many dog bites could be avoided if we all took more time to train and socialise our dogs and get them used to meeting new people”.

Royal Mail figures show an average of eight postal workers are attacked by dogs across the UK every day. The number of attacks has reduced from over 3,300 to a still alarming 2,960 in 2014-2015 and, after last year’s campaign, this meant attacks fell 13 per cent in July and August alone. This also follows a welcomed change in legislation which allows dog owners to be prosecuted for attacks that happen in the home.

Battersea's Chief Executive Claire Horton said “Battersea is joining up with Royal Mail to spread the vital message about staying safe around dogs, something that’s even more important over the summer months when children, who are the most vulnerable to dog attacks, are at home more and doors are left open.

“Battersea has 155 years’ experience of caring for dogs, so we’re using our expert knowledge of dog behaviour and body language to advise pet owners and postal workers on how to spot when a dog’s not happy and how best to respond.

"If more dog owners take the time to understand their pet’s behaviours and what they can do to help, it will make all the difference and hopefully result in far fewer dog bites or incidents inside and outside of the home.”

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