Odd things, daily.
In an attempt to raise awareness for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New Zealand, three rescued dogs have been taught how to drive a car. Organisers hope this will prove how intelligent dogs are and encourage the owners to come forward.
Monty, Porter and Ginny (a giant schnauzer, a whippet cross and a beardie cross) were trained using a mock vehicle before being introduced to a real car, a mini that has been adapted for paws instead of hands.
Animal trainer Mark Vette explained:
“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.”
Whilst the dogs seem to be getting the hang of it, the lessons haven’t been easy. Vette said:
“A couple of days ago the car was going too fast, the trainer nearly got run over.”
Check out the video below.