Three rescue dogs in New Zealand have received training to teach them basic driving skills.
The bizarre endeavor is part of a publicity stunt for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals which is hoping to increase awareness for how intelligent dogs can be. The three canines named Monty, Porter and Ginny were sat inside a mock vehicle in an upright position and taught how to operate the steering wheel, break pedal and gears before being moved on to an actual car.
"We chain behaviours together... in this case we've got 10 behaviours we're putting together," said trainer Mark Vette. "So we'll start the car, get into position, brake on, gear in place, back onto the steering wheel, accelerator, take off and drive fast along the straight and then stop."
Things didn't always go to plan however, especially once the dogs had started driving a real car. "A couple of days ago the car was going too fast, the trainer nearly got run over," said Vette.
"They sit in a driving position on their haunches responding to instructions called out from the dog behaviour experts."
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