Expert trains Traverse City postal workers on dealing with aggressive dogs
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Traverse City Postal Workers took part in some hands on training on what to do if they get attacked by a dog.
Hector Hernandez and his dog Malo taught the group the 'Do's and Don'ts' for what to do when they are faced with an aggressive dog.
Hernandez says first, you should look right at the dog and walk backwards. If the dog continues, Hernandez told workers to put something between them and the dog, like their mail bag, mail or even a hat.
If that doesn't work, he suggests an air horn or pepper spray.
"I think it's sad because it's not the letter carriers responsibility to protect themselves from someone else's dog. That's silly to me," said Hernandez. "So I'm saying that the homeowner should know how to train and manage their dogs. They should know how to have their dog under control when someone comes. Especially someone who can come on their property without their permission. Like a letter carrier, police or utility workers."
Hernandez travels all over the country giving these presentations to postal workers, utility workers and law enforcement.