Petrov Law Firm | March 18, 2022 | Personal Injury
The stereotype of the dog running off a delivery person is a stereotype for a reason. Dogs don’t like strangers coming onto their turf. How can you do your job safely when the house you are supposed to deliver to has a dog? Here are a few quick tips.
- Don’t wear earbuds – Music can make a day of delivering packages go faster. But you’ll want to be able to hear if you encounter a dog (and without the sudden move of taking your earbuds out). Plus, if a dog comes at you from behind, you want to hear the growl or barking, so you don’t jump when you see it. That’s another sudden movement you want to avoid.
- Don’t try to befriend a strange dog – Your first inclination may be to try and pet the dog. Maybe you even have had good experiences encountering new dogs in the past. However, you shouldn’t approach a strange dog. Even if this is your regular route, don’t try to pet a dog in these circumstances. You don’t know the present situation. The dog may just not want to be approached that day.
- Don’t assume the owner being present makes the dog safer – In fact, a dog may get upset if you approach their owner rapidly and thrust something toward them. So take your time and hand the package to the owner gently. In fact, it may be better to put it down and let the owner come to the package (especially now since social distancing is also a good idea).
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