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06th Dec 2012

Good Boy! Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Teaches Dogs to Drive

Someone's looking a little ruff behind the wheel! Off home to go try this one with Rex/Rover/Fred.

As “Tricks My Dog Can Do” go, this one’s pretty nifty!

Dogs driving a car? It’s the kind of thing that has to be seen to be believed, so here you go…

Watch the incredible journey that began when New Zealand’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals paired up with master animal trainer Mark Vette in an effort to teach three dogs how to drive.

For two months, Monty the Giant Schnauzer, Ginny the Whippet Cross, and Porter the Beardie Cross spent their days training to drive a car, and it seems they were quicker to pick it up than quite a few human drivers we could mention.

The initiative came about as an idea to draw more attention to the plight of abandoned pets, showing people how intelligent they are and encouraging more adoptions.

Trainers say it’s just a case of creating a series of instinctive behaviors for the dogs to learn. Says Vette: “In this case, we’ve got 10 behaviors we’re all putting together… so each behavior is a trained behavior, and then you put them into a sequence.” 

The video is incredible, and we’re thinking the potential is amazing too. Heading out tonight? No worries, Designated Domerman has you covered. No wheels? Call a Terrier Taxi. Good Dog.