Here’s our situation. We have a shepherd-collie mix dog, about 40 pounds, that barks when people come to the front door. This of course includes the mail carrier, since our mailbox is on the front of the house. I know she is not a dangerous dog, but I admit she can look intimidating when she puts her paws up on the door and barks. I don’t blame people for being cautious, but I keep our dog under control.
Now that the weather is nice I like to have the main door open in front, it is the only way to get air in that part of the house as the other front windows don’t open. We have a storm door that remains closed. Now when the mail carrier comes, the dog barks at her and puts her paws up on the storm door. I am sure it can be startling to have a dog barking at you when you come to the door, but the storm door has plexiglass on the bottom, and is a strong door and firmly in place. There is no way the dog can open or get through the door, the screen is on the top and she cannot reach up there so there is no possibility of breaking the screen. The door does not bend or strain the hinges or anything when she jumps up.
Friday we did not get any mail, and I thought that was odd. On Saturday my husband was outside when the mail carrier came, and she told my him that she did not deliver our mail on Friday “because the door was open.” My husband asked “the screen door?”
“No, the main door” she said. She told him she would not deliver the mail because “she forgot her dog spray that day.” When I looked at our mail on Saturday, she had written on one of the envelopes “Friday, did not deliver, door open!!” My husband explained to her that the dog was not dangerous and could not get through the door, but she says we need to keep the main door closed or restrain the dog.
Really? I know we need to keep the way to the mailbox clear and safe for her but seriously, the dog is in the house. I am wondering what you guys think. I almost put this in GQ since I wonder if she can really refuse to deliver our mail because our dog barks at her. I honestly understand that she has to be safe from dogs on her route and I would never let the dog be a danger. The dog is always in the house - she barks but cannot get outside. I don’t know what to do - should I just keep the door shut all afternoon? (She delivers mail any time between 1-4 pm.) If most people think I should just keep the door shut I will do it, but I admit I am annoyed and a little perplexed that she could think the dog can open the door.
I feel for her if she is afraid of dogs and is a mail carrier, but is a barking dog in the house a real reason to refuse to deliver?