FIFTEEN MAIL CARRIERS in Viborg, Denmark, have needed medical treatment for dog bites so far this year.

The seriousness of dog bites was brought home to municipal and union officials recently following publication of an article in a Danish medical journal in which researchers warned that even superficial dog bites can cause serious bacterial infections in humans. One person is believed to have died

from such an infection.To deal with this situation the Danes in this northern Jutland part of Denmark are offering a course in dog psychology to the city's 325 mail carriers. The course will cover such concerns as how to determine if a dog is in the mood to bite someone and what to do about it. Theodore Roosevelt, renowned for his love and consideration of animals, would have dealt with the problem in a more direct way. He would have walked softly and carried a big stick.

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