Dog attacks within Wagga City Council are on the decline after peaking at a rate of more than one incident every three days.
Between July and September last year, there were 21 incidents involving 12 people and 16 animals being attacked by dogs, which was the lowest number since the start of 2018.
However, there has not been an improvement to the rate of serious injuries from dog attacks, with an average of one person per month needing medical attention or hospital treatment.
The worst period for attacks during the past two years was between April and June last year with 36 incidents.
During that time there were three people who sustained an injury during a dog attack that "resulted in medical treatment or hospitalisation", according to reports submitted by the council to the Office of Local Government.
Council community director Janice Summerhayes said the council continued "to focus on proactive education and responsible pet ownership to assist in reducing the number of dog attacks".
"It is important to promote responsible pet ownership as the number of dog attacks will significantly decrease if all dog owners walk their animals on a leash when in a public place," she said.
"Dog owners can also ensure their properties are secure and take all reasonable precautions to prevent their animal escaping."
The Office of Local Government's definition of a a dog attack "can include any incident where a dog rushes at, attacks, bites, harasses or chases any person or animal (other than vermin), whether or not any injury is caused to the person or animal."
Ms Summerhayes said new pet owners adopting animals at the Glenfield Road Animal Shelter were provided with information on how to care for their pets at home and in public spaces.
"Council Rangers will patrol parks and popular spaces for dog walkers, and speak with owners who walk their dogs off lead in a public place that is not an 'Off Leash Area'," she said.
Kyeamba All Breeds and Training Club president Jenna Roberts said she was frequently contacted by people wanting to help contain their dogs' aggressive behaviour.
"Obviously we have to be led by the statistics, which say [the dog attack situation] is getting a bit better," she said.
"We probably get 10 inquiries a week from people wanting to get involved in dog training because they realise the behaviours of their dogs are causing trouble or are disruptive."
"It's quite positive that people are reaching out and wanting support."
Under NSW law the owner or person in charge of the dog at the time of the dog attack offence can be fined up to $11,000 even if no injury is caused.
Ms Roberts said owners should train and socialise their dogs, no matter the breed, to prevent a "dangerous situation".