It follows changes made earlier this year enabling prosecution for a dog attack on private property.
Animal welfare minister Lord de Mauley said the government was taking "tough action" against negligent owners. Prison sentences for owners of violent dogs were extended as part of changes to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
In 2013, 6,740 people required hospital treatment for dog attacks - an increase of 6% from 2012.
In total, eight adults and 13 children have died from dog attacks since 2005.
In October last year, Jade Anderson, 14, was mauled to death by a dog, but the owner could not be prosecuted under the Dangerous Dogs Act because it did not happen in a public place.
But in May, the Act was amended to allow prosecution if the pet attacked someone who was on private property, regardless of the circumstances by which they were there.
"Dog attacks are devastating for victims and their families which is why we are taking tough action against those who allow them to happen," Lord de Mauley said.
"Police and local authorities will now have more powers to demand that irresponsible dog owners take steps to prevent attacks before they occur."
Around nine postmen and women are attacked by dogs across the UK every day.
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