Dear Mail Carrier,
Please stop and meet my dogs the next time you deliver our mail. They really are quite friendly. Even though Harley looks like this wild crazed fluffy assassin on four legs everyday you step onto our porch…
He’s really a very sweet loving and gentle creature. #honest
Since our mail slot brings you right up to the house, I can only imagine how terrifying it must be when you open it to slip the letters through and they both lose their minds at the door…
Just so you know this boisterous greeting isn’t pawsonal, Harley has had a “thing” for people dressed like you and your trucks his entire life…
The reaction you receive is not your fault. Well, not directly that is.
You see –
Dogs learn very quickly that their barking often makes the intruder go away. This is the case when your dog barks at the mailman. He thinks he is doing his job of protecting his home because when he barks the intruder leaves.mspca
LET’S WORK TOGETHER –
This may help explain why you continue to experience the same reception all over your route. Let’s work together and perhaps we can teach the Boys to stop barking at you.
While some dogs bark at you because they are fearful, this is NOT the case at our house. They just don’t know you.
This behavior is very similar to Pavlov’s Theory –
- you come
- they bark
- you leave.
It’s a game they play everyday and everyday they win.
How about the next time you come by, we come outside and have a proper greeting away from the house?…
I’ll tell you their names and they can sniff your shoes, your legs and your shorts…
If we do this a few times, I guarantee they will become accustomed to seeing you as friend and not foe. You might even warm up to the notion of petting them…
POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT –
From everything I’ve read, there really doesn’t seem to be an easy “fix” to this age old behavior between dogs and mail carriers. Instinctively, they aren’t doing anything wrong – making it unfair to discipline them for their actions.
So perhaps with a little positive reinforcements like, a new friend, will help reduce the stampede to the front door.
I cannot promise the antagonism will disappear completely, between the three of you, but I’m willing to give it a shot to see if we can all be friends…
Sincerely, the lady with the two crazy fluffy assassins.