Dogs Trust has revamped the real life training it gives to rescue mutts following the Royal Mail’s Dog Awareness Week, which ran from July 15th to 19th.

Postal workers and other community staff face real danger when entering some private properties from dogs that reside there.

In Wales, the Royal Mail has said that dog attacks on staff are “unacceptably high”, with 142 individuals assaulted by a dog in the year to April 2013.

In response, Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, is boosting its real life training to ensure that letterbox facilities are in all rehoming centres as well as training rooms that can be used to help dogs learn to embrace the arrival of the post office worker.

Of the 18 Dogs Trust rehoming centres, eight already have the letterboxes, but it is hoping to expand this to all of them. This will ensure that the 16,000 dogs it takes care of each year are better trained to not become fearful when postal worker arrives on the property, which is what drives canines to attack.

“Dogs Trust has long supported the need to keep postal and other community workers safe whilst they are performing their jobs and we are delighted to help this latest Royal Mail initiative,” said Clarissa Baldwin, chief executive of Dogs Trust.

“Dogs Trust has always ensured that the dogs it rehomes are as acclimatised as they can be to real life situations and introducing letterboxes to all of the rehoming centres with training facilities is an obvious next step in providing a ‘first class’ service.”

Shaun Davis, the director of health, safety and wellbeing for the Royal Mail Group added that he was delighted to get the support from the Dogs Trust.

“We are delighted to be supported by Dogs Trust and the introduction letterboxes to all of their rehoming centres with training facilities is an excellent idea.”

Written by: Hannah