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New TV show to teach dogs how to fly a plane


Posted on Tuesday, 16 February, 2016 | Comment icon 21 comments

Can a dog really be taught to fly a plane ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Aleksandr Markin
The bizarre project will involve a ten-week training course as part of a new UK television series.
The twelve dogs, which have been picked for the show from over 120,000 candidates, will spend much of their time being assessed by a team of behavioral specialists, vets and dog trainers.

Among the traits the experts will be analyzing will be each dog's memory, reasoning skills and communication skills to see which of them has what it takes to learn how to fly a plane.

Those that make it through this phase will be put through a special ten-week training program designed to teach them how to operate a single-engine aircraft all by themselves.

But is it really possible to teach a dog how to fly a plane or is the whole thing just wishful thinking ?

"Given that we would not expect a human three-year-old to be able to fly a plane, I would not expect that a dog could do so either," said canine psychologist Stanley Coren.

Presenter Jamie Theakston on the other hand remains a lot more optimistic.

"People give up on them too easily and this series will show us why we shouldn’t," he said.

"Even if a dog has been deprived of human contact or has been badly treated, it is just as able and motivated to initiate a new relationship with a human very quickly."

The series, which is entitled "Dogs Might Fly", is due to begin in two weeks' time on Sky One.

Source: Sky News | Comments (21)

Tags: Dogs, Plane


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #12 Posted by Lilly on 17 February, 2016, 12:15
Wow, what a stupid notion. Hey, I absolutely love dogs but they have the reasoning power of a 3 to 4 year old child. Would you teach a pre-school kid to fly?
Comment icon #13 Posted by russ117044 on 17 February, 2016, 12:39
Well, we knew it would come to this: "Reality" TV has run out of ideas.
Comment icon #14 Posted by freetoroam on 17 February, 2016, 13:46
Having seen some of the reality shows brought out, I would not put it past the producers to try it, if they could get away with it.
Comment icon #15 Posted by paperdyer on 17 February, 2016, 17:11
All they need to do is have a computer to light buttons and have the dog trained to press the button that lights. That will work as long as nothing mechanical happens to the plane. At least you don't have to worry about a dog hitting the bar before he flies.
Comment icon #16 Posted by gatekeeper32 on 17 February, 2016, 20:07
Must be really scraping the barrel for ideas on a reality TV series. Guess the brainchild of this show must been walking his dog out and while cleaned up his pet's business off the ground looked up to see a plane flying over head. . Here is my idea get the producers of these reality show, strap them into chairs and forced them to watch all the crap they made over the past 20 years and see which is the first to snap.
Comment icon #17 Posted by MisterMan on 18 February, 2016, 3:19
Have we learned nothing from Toonces?
Comment icon #18 Posted by Still Waters on 8 April, 2016, 21:31
Update - Video:
Comment icon #19 Posted by coldethyl on 8 April, 2016, 22:06
This is a real UK show. They had one before teaching dogs to drive a car. It's all just to see if they can do it. I'd rather watch it than Big Brother.
Comment icon #20 Posted by seeder on 9 April, 2016, 18:15
Dogs already learnt how to drive cars, but now want a bigger challenge.. Meet Porter. The World's First Driving Dog. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWAK0J8Uhzk


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