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Dogs learning to drive?

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Ginny taking the pups to school.
(Credit: SPCA)

New Zealand SPCA is trying to show the world that rescue dogs are worth the effort of rehabilitation — by teaching them to drive.

Three New Zealand SPCA rescue dogs have spent the last eight weeks taking driving lessons, according to The New Zealand Herald.

Eighteen-month-old Giant Schnauzer Monty, 1-year-old Whippet-cross Ginny and 10-month-old Beardie-cross Porter are undergoing an intensive course with animal trainer Mark Vette to prove in a driving test live on-air that rescue dogs are just as worthy of human love and effort.

SPCA CEO Christine Kalin told the paper, "Driving a car actively demonstrates to potential rescue dog adopters that you can teach an old dog new tricks. The dogs have achieved amazing things in eight short weeks of training, which really shows with the right environment just how much potential all dogs from the SPCA have as family pets."

So far, all three dogs have driven a real car with human assistance — but Porter will be making his first unassisted drive on live TV next week on New Zealand channel Campbell Live.

Judging from the video below, we think he just might make it. And then there will be no more excuses for not delivering the newspaper.


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MickG2 posted a comment   

That is animal cruelty, exploiting them for human amusement, this from the same mob who stopped circus animals, whats the difference. Just because they get a treat don't make it right, you should be ashamed of yourselves being an animal protection society.


trebor83 posted a reply   

Where exactly is thie cruelty? This is just animal training using positive reinforcement (rewarding corrct behaviour).

The restrictions on circus animals is to do with their tendancy to use negative reinforcment (punishing unwanted behaviour) in training and the conditions they were housed and transported in out of the ring, not the fact that they had been trained to do things.


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