Dogs attacking livestock has become a frequent offence, according to a recent figures.
Affected farmers and crofters may now be given more legal protection to crackdown on offences.
A public consultation has launched in Scottish Parliament ahead of a bill put forward to tackle the issue.
National Farmers Union of Scotland started a campaign earlier this month to encourage a change in the behaviour of dog owners who don't keep their pets on leads around livestock.
A survey conducted by the union highlighted the issue, with 72% of 340 responses claiming they had experienced worrying on their land, and most feeling the current protection in place is not good enough.