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Rescue Dogs Taught How To Drive A Car
Three rescue dogs in New Zealand have been taught how to drive a car.
Monty, Porter and Ginny have learned the skills to prove how intelligent dogs can be, in an attempt to encourage more potential owners to come forward.
The drive for publicity by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals saw the four-legged friends spend weeks getting to grips with four wheels.
The dogs, a giant schnauzer, a whippet cross and a beardie cross can change gear, steer and brake.
They sit in a driving position on their haunches responding to instructions called out from the dog behaviour experts.
Animal trainer Mark Vette and his team began training the animals using a mock vehicle before introducing them to a real car - a Mini especially adapted for paws.
He said: "We chain behaviours together ... in this case we've got 10 behaviours we're putting together. Then you put them into a sequence. It's a lot to do, and for the dog to actually start to get an idea of what actually is happening takes quite a long time.
"So we'll start the car, get into position, brake on, gear in place, back onto the steering wheel, accelerator, take off and hoon (drive fast) along the straight and then stop."
However, the animal trainer says things did not always go smoothly when the dogs got into the real car.
"A couple of days ago the car was going too fast, the trainer nearly got run over," he said.
Now the animals can start a car, accelerate and steer they are scheduled to show off their skills on live TV in New Zealand next week.
For the final test the dogs will also have to brake as they are driving along a narrow lane.
Trainers are hoping they won't become too distracted driving past any lamp posts.
what do you think?
I find this a'paw'lling !
Well my dog noticed that one of them didnt indicate when turning right and that all of them didnt use the mirror .and one them missed the cat crossing the road..its a failure in his books.
My dog also says that they got confused when told they SHOULDNT be running over the cats eyes.
Next step? Drive around in a psychedelic van with a group of dope smoking hippies investigating paranormal mysteries? Yeah, and the bad guy would have got away with it as well, if it wasn't for those pesky kids. . .
truly amazing - what ever next..
Women driving, now dogs driving.... What next will they think of ???
That's a paw joke :)
There are some very bad female drivers were i live god knows how thay passed a test.moden cars do not have reverse gears aneymore.i admit i did ask one lady if she did a fav for examiner.
How do you tell the differents most of the woman round here look like dogs.
Shuan you should try russian ladys mate.
Steven James Farmer
Who thought this idea up, they must be..... Barking mad....
They'll have Churchill insurance too :)
Im finding it odd that none of the regular female posters arent .biting
Who do you think make the best drivers female dogs or male.
O shaun you have upset two hehehehhehe - hows the floods?
The comments on here are funny..But it goes to show how clever some animals can be..but I for one would'nt let a dog drive my car!
No wander i have to fight to get in the driving seat.
I wish they would send some up here my area needs safe drivers behind the wheel of some 4x4s driven by young mid 30s females
They start on minis but when they are fully qualified they get Vauxhal Rovers.
Will thay drive a datsun
What do they drive? a Rover with a dog box !.