3 New Zealand Dogs Learn to Drive Mini Coopers

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has teamed up with Mini Cooper in New Zealand to teach three dogs how to drive.

The Auckland SPCA hopes to dispel the idea that abandoned pets are second-rate with the social campaign.

“Obviously, we think dogs are pretty smart and amazing. And we reckon, if more people thought the same, more of our dogs would find happy homes,” the official Facebook page states. The interactive marketing campaign lives on the Driving Dogs Facebook page where visitors can learn about adopting a smart dog and about the Mini Cooper.

The chosen pooches — Porter, Monty and Ginny — are learning to drive in rigs with paw-activated accelerators and brakes. Trainers chose the canine trio based on their size, look and attitude from dozens of dogs at the shelter. After just a few weeks of training with head driving coach Mark Vette and his team of experts, the playful pups learned to sit facing forward with their paws on the steering wheels.

The rescue dogs will be put to the test in front of Campbell Live‘s national TV audience — under the supervision of trainers, of course. To find out if these talented pups learn how to drive, tune in on Dec. 10. In case you were wondering all three of the canine drivers are still up for adoption.

Read the article on Mashable here.

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7 thoughts on “3 New Zealand Dogs Learn to Drive Mini Coopers

  1. I’m clicker training Ariel. I actually started the first day I got her (as soon as she stepped out of her crate). This type is training is great because it builds a great bond between the dog and its owner–and isn’t having a great relationship the reason why we get a dog in the first place?

    If you don’t already have a clicker for Theo, maybe it’s time to get one! But don’t give him the car keys–just in case!

      • I don’t use the clicker for everything. You can use a word such as “Yep” to mark a behavior instead of a clicker: this works well if you need to have both hands free, for instance. Default Settle behaviors, such as resting quietly on a mat while you are at the computer, are best trained without a clicker, as the clicker raises your dog’s arousal level. It’s best to train Default Settle behaviors as behaviors rather than on-demand tricks.

        Potty training isn’t as much an issue for me since I have an “adolescent” dog and you have a puppy.

      • Potty training is what we’re trying to knock out right now. He’s really good most of the time, but will occasionally go without warning. I’ve tried a bell, but I don’t know what else to do since we don’t have direct access to outside. Sometimes he warns me, but sometimes he doesn’t…

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