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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.

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This entry was posted on December 7, 2012 by in Weird nature, Weird technology.

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