Stereotypes make up one of the most offensive, close-minded, and bigoted mentalities across the world. Since it’s easier to generalize than to have more than a single opinion, there are plenty of people who choose to see a single convenient example than to actually attempt to think and see others as human beings.
But while a great deal of stereotypes are usually false, some of them are based on facts. And it’s not just stereotypes. Plenty of well-known imagery and associations which might seem far-fetched are in fact true. For example, proving the classic stereotype correct, dogs do in fact bite many postal workers.
77 bites a year
A new report from the United States Postal Service shows that as many as 6,569 postal workers were attacked by dogs in the U.S. in 2015 alone. This marks a fifteen percent increase from the year before. This increase is believed to be caused by the increased number of people making orders online.
The report was released as part of the upcoming National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which begins this Sunday. As much as $118 million were paid out by insurance companies to dog attack victims last year. The cities with the highest amount of dog bites in the country are Houston, with 77, San Diego and Cleveland, with 58, Dallas and Chicago, with 57, and Los Angeles, with 56.
Motives of aggression
The reason behind the large number of bites is actually pretty straight-forward – dogs are territorial and loyal. So, when they see, hear, or smell unfamiliar intruders near their families, they tend to turn aggressive. Particularly when children are involved, dogs get very protective, not hesitating to bite anyone perceived as a threat to the little ones’ well-being.
But postal workers are but a drop in the pool consisting of some 4.5 million people bitten by dogs in the United States every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that few of these incidents actually yield serious injuries, but it is something to think about if you’re considering a career in the postal service.
There are many ways to prevent your dog from biting a visitor, be they postal workers, friends, or distant family. The number one most effective way to prevent these potentially dangerous incidents is to simply be a responsible owner. Taking your dog to a different room before answering the door greatly reduces the chances of an altercation.
The postal service is also putting in place new measures to alert postal workers of dogs that happen to be on their routes. By simply letting your mail carrier know whether or not you have a dog, you can prevent people from getting injured, as well as a lot of subsequent ruckus.
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