Animal charity teaches dogs to drive
A New Zealand animal welfare group has spent eight weeks teaching three of its shelter dogs to drive.
The Aukland SPCA says it wanted to show how intelligents dogs were to encourage more people to adopt them.
Three dogs were chosen from a group of seven and given daily training exercises to familiarise themselves with the mechanics of driving.
After just eight weeks Porter, Monty and Ginny were put behind the wheels of an adapted Mini Cooper and reporetdly managed to put it in gear, accelerate and steer.
So far, the dogs have been driving with the help of an assistant inside the car, but their next challenge is to drive solo on live television.
Auckland SPCA chief Christine Kalin said: "They will hop in, start the car, put it into gear, use the accelerator.
"It's an off-road raceway track and at all times we have a remote capacity to stop the car should we need to."
Ms Kalin described the three pooches as "highly adoptable", adding: "They are very intelligent, but they aren't any more special than any of the other SPCA dogs.
"Our dream would be throughout our major cities and across Australasia will be people will be proud of owning a rescue dog."
what do you think?
probalby still better than the women drivers...... runs and hides.....
I just poked you in your unfeasibly big eyes! x
Oooh harsh Simon LOL Still I bet these dogs can drive better than the numpty's round where I live who drive like lunatics :(
The number of road kill cats would rocket
Perhaps, they might teach a kangaroo to drive a big truck?
Nah...there would be too many jumpy starts
A kangaroo would be better driving a skip
Someone's on form today! Ha ha ha!
What happens if they are arrested for speeding? Would they have their collars felt?
LOL Thomas no they would have their COLLIES felt Boom Boom :D
Mind you, if they were arrested for speeding what a TAIL they would have to tell. :)
It was the only lead the police could go on.
Adorable looking pooches, though I don't want mine to drive. I don't think this would make me more inclined to buy one of these dogs. I chose mine because she was in a cage barely bigger than herself, slept overnight in a stinky car and spent the rest of her time terrorised by children - and, of course, because she was lovely. I think that's a more genuine reason to take a pooch. There's little point getting a dog who can drive then promptly craps all over your house or bites your children. Look at her big, wrinkly sad face!
regardless of how much they train them, no dog in the world can be taught to differentiate between gears, they dont have it in them. good trick though!