WATCH: 48 dog attacks reported to council since January
DR ANNA Abdala knows just how vicious dogs can be, but says good behaviour in man's best friend is simple to foster.
The Scarness vet treats about two animals every week injured by aggressive dog attacks.
She said the problem could be improved if dog owner's socialized their pets before 12-weeks-of-age, no matter the breed.
"Most of the time, it comes down to how the dog is trained," she said.
"It teaches the dog to follow commands and that there is a pack leader, the owner."
Her tips follow a spate of dog attacks on the Fraser Coast this week.
On Monday, a silky terrier was fatally mauled by unrestrained pet Rottweiler along the Link Mobility Corridor.
The Rottweiler was surrendered to dog catchers the next day and euthanised.
It was followed by an attack on a flock of sheep by two roaming Staffordshire bull terriers at an Oakhurst hobby farm.
Chronicle readers were quick to defend the animals involved, but wanted pet owners to take more responsibility.
Reader Tracey Stephensen said dogs did not know the difference between right and wrong.
"It's how the owner's treat the dog," she said.
Since the beginning of the year, 48 dog attack reports had been reported to the Fraser Coast Regional Council, regulatory services executive manager David Murray said.
This follows 261 reports made last year; two more than the previous year.
Mr Murray said vicious dogs could be declared as dangerous if involved in an attack on an animal.
He said dangerous dogs must be kept on a leash and muzzle when outside.
Dr Anna's dog whispering tips
Attack warning signs: Big eyes, tail up and ears up or back flat. Some dogs will lift their lip but won't growl.
Scared: The dog sit on its tail. It could attack from fear.
Relaxed: Dog is calm and with ears perked.
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