The number of dogs attacking postmen has rocketed across the Midlands over the past year - with Royal Mail warning of a seasonal surge in attacks during the summer holidays.
In the East Midlands, a total of 156 attacks were reported between April 2013 and April this year - an increase of 71 per cent on the year before.
And in the West Midlands, the number of attacks rose 27 per cent - up to 173 - in the same time period.
With that in mind, we've compiled a list of top tips for dog owners on how they can keep their postmen safe from their pets...
- Ensure your dog is out of the way before the postman arrives, place your pet in another room or the back garden.
- Close off access to your back garden- so your dog can't get round to the front.
- If you have to open the door to sign for a parcel, make sure you've put your dog in another room first.
- Give your dog a toy or some food to keep your pet busy.
- Wait 10 minutes after your mail has arrived to let your pet back into your hallway.
- If your dog likes to attack your mail you should think about fitting a wire letter receptacle- protect your post and your postman's fingers!
- AND if you can't keep your dog away..consider fitting a secure mailbox on the edge of your home.