According to this article the government is considering introducing a competency test for dog owners. The proposal could mean that people will be forced to have their dogs microchipped and also take out third party insurance in case they bite anyone. The measures would be put in place mainly as a way of combating problems with dangerous dogs but could potentially cover all dogs. It might also be necessary for dog owners to take a competency test to ensure they have the relevant skills necessary to properly look after their dog. Critics have pointed out that the cost of establishing such a scheme would mean many irresponsible dog owners are likely to ignore it. It is thought that the cost would have to be met by either charging for the test or introducing a dog license fee, something which is likely to be seen to penalise those responsible dog owners and not tackle the problem.