Driving Dogs Pass Test In New Zealand
adapted from The Huffington Post, December 11, 2012
Want to go for a walk? Not these dogs.
Two New Zealand rescue dogs didn't melt under the pressure of live TV and passed their driving test on Monday, according to an Australian news report.
After two months of training, the dogs were strapped into cars and sent down a racetrack in what has been described as a world-first.
"The dog is doing all the driving," trainer Mark Vette said. "The dog starts the car, puts his paw on the brake, puts the car into drive, paw on the steering wheel, gas pedal on, and off he goes down the track."
The cars have handles on the steering wheel and special brakes and gas pedals to make sure the car doesn't go too fast.
The media reports that Porter, a 10-month-old bearded collie, and Monty, an 18-month-old giant schnauzer, were taught to drive by the New Zealand SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to show that shelter dogs are very smart and make great pets.
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