A Good Behaviour bond for every dog owner Extract from p13 of "Noxious Barking" - a 17 page Paper which may be emailed on request  " ... It is furthermore proposed that an appropriate sum of money be required of every owner; in effect a "good behaviour" bond. A council's current legal right to demand a barking investigation fee from a complainant is insulting - it's the owners who cause the problem, not the victim. The relevant council should vary this (invested) sum according to extant circumstances, for example from $50 to $5000 according to the nature of the dog, the circumstances under which it is kept, its propensity to bark or cause other trouble, its owner's history of compliance or defiance, and any other factors as these are perceived relevant by parliament, councils or the local police from time to time. The expected benefits of such a bond are: (a) There's more incentive for every owner to control his dog at all times, or risk part or all of his bond being appropriated. In this event he should be faced with the decision to either comply with the principles of proper caring animal husbandry - and of good neighbourliness, or force his council into court for the recovery of sums he perceives, or pretends to perceive, were illicitly or unjustifiably appropriated. In court proceedings the record of his behaviour as an owner may be openly revealed for public assessment. It is predictable that most bad owners will not risk adverse personal publicity and will quickly decline their right of legal challenge. (b) There's a clear incentive for owners to have their bond progressively reduced with the passage of time such that after a prescribed period of good ownership, for example 5 years, there may be no bond at all. While a council may have use of such monies for legitimate local purposes, the interest on invested sums should accrue to owners. Such owners may be officially regarded as responsible owners and it might be a good idea if this is publicly acknowledged, for example by a wide, clearly visible uniquely coloured iridescent strip on the dog's registration collar. This will tell everyone, officialdom and the public, that this particular dog probably has an owner of some quality. Many owners delight in snobby public affectations as it is. Refundable bond money may by agreement be remitted in cash by the council or used by the owner to pay periodic dues such as the normal animal registration fee or the nominal fee required to keep his name on the state's Register of Authorised Animal Owners ... "