The Government will consider survey feedback that dog owners need better education as part of its new strategy around dog safety. More than 3000 people responded to an online survey on dog control with more than 80 per cent of the respondents dog owners themselves. The survey asked what people thought was the biggest contributing factor to dog attacks, and sought suggested ways to reduce attacks. Respondents identified dog owners and poor education about dog behaviour as the two biggest contributing factors to dog attacks. One in five of those who responded online had been a victim of a dog attack in the past. The survey was launched online on August 1 and ran for a fortnight. The Government will consider the feedback as part of its wider assessment of New Zealand’s dog control regime.