Dog trainer demos how to avoid being bitten at local post office

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Postal carriers work through snow, rain, heat and "gloom of night" to deliver for you, and many have to work through dogs in yards that like to chase the postmen or take a bite out of them.

Tuesday at the East Lansing Post Office, a dog trainer demonstrating to postal workers how they could protect themselves from getting bitten.

This was part of National Dog Bite Prevention Week.

An official of the post office wrote in a press release about the event, "Violent dog behavior continues to pose a serious threat to our employees. For decades, the U.S. Postal Service® has taken a leadership role in preventing animal attacks because letter carriers are the third most likely group to be bitten by a dog. Children and the elderly rank number one and two, respectively."

They added, "In 2017, dog bites and other dog-related injuries accounted for over $100 million in liability claims paid by State Farm®. Over the past decade (2008-2017), State Farm has paid over $1 billion for dog-related injury claims, which is a 57 percent increase in the amount paid over the past decade. Last year, many attacks reported by letter carriers came from dogs whose owners regularly used the phrase, "my dog won't bite."

Dog trainer Hector Hernandez demonstrated the techniques to use in the event of a dog attack.

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