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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:35 PM

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but now it seems that you can show them how to drive.

An animal welfare group in New Zealand has trained three dogs to get behind the wheel in an attempt to show the public how intelligent they are.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will put them to the test in a live broadcast next Monday.

http://www.dailymail...-drive-car.html

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:37 PM

Sooooo very glad I don't live in NZ. LOL People drivers are bad enough. The dogs may be smart but that doesn't mean they are good drivers. :P

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:43 PM

View PostLady Kasey, on 05 December 2012 - 10:37 PM, said:

Sooooo very glad I don't live in NZ. LOL People drivers are bad enough. The dogs may be smart but that doesn't mean they are good drivers. :P
Makes me think of the animated movie UP!
The dogs in that movie were easily distracted :)  all you had to do was shout: SQUIRREL!!  :w00t:

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:11 PM

LOL! Indeed!

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:24 PM

This world really has gone to the dogs.Posted Image


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Posted 06 December 2012 - 12:51 AM

This could be handy ,If  I end up pissed somewhere with no way to get the car home , simple , get the dog to drive home ! - providing of course he hasn't been drinking also :clap:

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:41 AM

View PostHilander, on 05 December 2012 - 11:24 PM, said:

This world really has gone to the dogs.Posted Image



The whole thing is cute, but the world has gone to the dogs if people need to have it proved that animals are intelligent beings too!  I like seeing the things they do when they are not trained. I have to use the window locks because my dog learned to do that on his own and another dog likes to try to shift gears if I stop the car. No training just observation and being spoiled LOL


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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:49 AM

He's worked with everything from pukeko, to deer, and has even trained rats. His current assignment involves dogs. It sounds simple until you hear what he's going to get them to do. He says, "No animal has ever driven before."
Yes, mark and his team are going to teach three dogs how to drive a car. But first things first, the future dog drivers have to be chosen from a seven strong short list of candidates."
Video at source:
http://www.todaysthv...gs-how-to-drive

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:10 AM

I can't even teach my dog to not choke himself to death on the leash without losing my temper.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 07:04 AM

Maybe he is teaching them to drive solely for the purpose of getting more of whatever he smoked when he thought of the idea.
If he is successful though it would be pretty damn awesome.


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Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:29 AM

This is all over the news here.
Half are amazed ,half are screaming animal cruelty .
I don't think its cruel . Dogs are trained for much harsher tasks ,and I think this will prove some interesting things.
I hope they all pass the driver's test .

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:55 AM

Ok, that's just weird!


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Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:07 AM

My husband is absolutely convinced that this is a hoax; I don't think my little dog's legs would reach the pedals though.


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Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:19 AM

That's just awesome!!!

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:28 AM

I've got a lot of admiration for dogs but this is plainly wrong.
Driving a car is not just about steering the thing with a wheel.
I know it's some kind of promotional stunt but how is the dog going to do a "theory" test.
I would get those dogs away from those ramshackle contractions.
I bet the dogs are thinking "out of the frying pan and into the fire".
If this promotional stunt is going to work it's better to pose them in a go-kart.
Something less likely to fall apart at the seams.

Edited by Walnut Whip, 06 December 2012 - 09:30 AM.

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