How to prevent dog attacks. The Dog Owner Suitability Test Proposal - Official Consultation Briefly, this is how it would work: Before you can buy a dog you apply for and sit a basic theory test (called the DOT) - a bit like the driving theory test - for which you pay £40 and, like a driving test, once you've passed that's it for life. This means that only people who are at least marginally committed and prepared to learn basic animal care and the legal responsibilities of dog ownership can legally buy a dog. Straight away this targets the worst 5-10% of owners - those who purchase a dog from a bloke in the pub, those with no interest beyond looking tough or fashionable, those who pass a petshop window and plunge into dog ownership completely unprepared. The need to pass a test will deter some would-be owners and make others educate themselves which is even better. The proposal incorporates a Suppler-level DOT (SDOT) which everyone who sells of gifts a dog must pass. The purpose of the SDOT is twofold - on the one hand it is an advanced DOT ensuring that suppliers have some expertise but mainly it is a way of ensuring the suppliers police the DOT because if they sell to an unDOT'ed buyer then they risk losing their SDOT and, without their SDOT, They won't be able to advertise, they wont be able to legally sell and their business will fail. As a spin-off benefit the SDOT provides a framework that, for the first time, incorporates every breeder large or small, commercial or hobbyist. The proposal also includes a legal burden on all media accepting advertisements for dogs to ensure that the advertiser holds a valid SDOT. Additionally the proposal includes other aspects that are required to make the whole thing workable, including a £10 per dog annual license, mandatory permanent identification and 3rd party insurance. The idea is radical and completely at odds with government. I like it.