The Stray Dog Survey, conducted by GfK NOP on behalf of the charity Dogs Trust, said the total number of stray dogs in Scotland fell by 23% from 5,889 in 2011 to 4,524 in 2012.
It was a greater fall than the UK average, which has seen a 6% drop over the last year to 118,932 and means, on average, that 12 dogs are picked up a day in Scotland.
Dogs Trust said the figures are "impressive".
Clarissa Baldwin, chief executive of the dog welfare charity, said: "This year's Stray Dog Survey represents encouraging news for Scotland's dogs with a significant decline in the numbers of dogs picked up as strays.
"Dogs Trust works closely with local authorities and runs extensive education, neutering and microchipping campaigns to help them to tackle the issue - this is clearly paying off.
"Local authorities should be congratulated for all of their hard work."
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