The Postal Service is promoting its National Dog Bite Awareness Week with an animated video that includes safety tips for canine owners.
More than 5,800 dog bite incidents occurred last year, often when unrestrained dogs viewed letter carriers delivering mail as a threat.
These incidents are preventable when dog owners are vigilant and leash their pets away from mailboxes, the narrator explains.
The 50-second video also advises customers to secure their dogs in a separate room when carriers arrive to make deliveries.
USPS is sharing the video on YouTube and its social media channels.