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Offline Storm Fox

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Has your dog ever driven you to the park?
« on: December 08, 2012, 10:49:52 am »
Apparently it's possible, (sort of)

The NZ-SPCA is training dogs to drive cars in order to prove that abandoned shelter dogs are not “second-class animals” and that they are smart and capable of learning and being trained.

Quote from: huffingtonpost.com
For the past two months, animal trainer Mark Vette has been teaching dogs to drive, New Zealand TV station Campbell Live reported.
The lessons are part of a campaign by the New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), meant to clear up "common misconceptions" about rescue dogs.

"Sometimes people think because they're getting an animal that's been abandoned, that somehow it's a second-class animal," SPCA Auckland CEO Christine Kalin told the New Zealand Herald. "Driving a car actively demonstrates to potential rescue dog adopters that you can teach an old dog new tricks."
Kalin added that the canines' achievements behind the wheel shows "just how much potential all dogs from the SPCA have as family pets."

All the new drivers are shelter dogs: Monty, an 18-month Giant Schnauzer, was given to the SPCA when he became too much for his owner to handle. Ginny, a 1-year-old whippets cross, was rescued from an abusive home. Porter, a 10-month old Beardie cross, was abandoned on the streets.

The dogs trained for several weeks before hopping into a real car, modified to accommodate the unique needs of a canine driver.
So far, the animals have driven only with some human guidance, in the form of verbal commands and the occasional steering wheel readjustment.
Next week, star pupil Porter will take the Mini Countryman for a spin -- completely unassisted -- on Campbell Live, the Fraser Coast Chronicle reports.
That's not to say the other two dogs haven't made great strides in their driving as well.

"The way all three SPCA rescue dogs have taken to training really does prove that intelligent creatures adapt to the situation they're in," Vette told the paper. "It really is remarkable."

Links:
  Huffington Post Article (with video)
  3 News, Campbell Live: Video
  3 News, Campbell Live: The dogs visit the studio

(With this as proof, people can now rightfully give a good smack upside the head to anyone who says that dogs are dumb.) :goldlaugh:
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Re: Has your dog ever driven you to the park?
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2012, 11:50:37 am »
yeah i seen this on the news this morning. :) i love the ideal but they need allot mere training.

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Re: Has your dog ever driven you to the park?
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2012, 07:32:18 pm »
yeah i seen this on the news this morning. :) i love the ideal but they need allot mere training.
I bet you can drive a car XD but I can't.... they should teach foxes to drive cars........
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Re: Has your dog ever driven you to the park?
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2012, 05:40:19 am »
New video of the dogs driving by themselves without help. [Link]

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Though I should say mostly without help. Of the two that drove they did do rather well, just so long as those pesky turns are not involved. XD
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Re: Has your dog ever driven you to the park?
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2012, 03:08:51 am »
Okay, that's hilarious and awesome.  The Google cars that drive themselves, however, clearly have these dogs beat for sheer driving ability.  The dogs are cuter though.
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Re: Has your dog ever driven you to the park?
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2013, 10:01:19 pm »
Could work out if they had their own lane and Toonces wasn't in the neighborhood.

Would canine drivers have a tendency to tailgate?  :D
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