Dogs in New Zealand are driving cars now.
That's right: dogs are driving cars.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals in New Zealand have trained three rescue pups in a campaign to help show how smart dogs can be. The dogs, Porter, Monty and Ginny will test drive their specially-adapted cars live on New Zealand television to "help change common misconceptions about rescue dogs," the New Zealand Herald reported.
"I think sometimes people think because they're getting an animal that's been abandoned that somehow it's a second-class animal," said SPCA Auckland CEO Christine Kalin. "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," she said.
Porter, a 10-month-old beardie cross, Monty, an 18-month-old giant schnauzer, and Ginny, a 1-year-old whippet cross, have been trained to receive treat in exchange for properly operating a gear stick and turning the steering wheel.
The pups began with non-operable props and moved onto indoor go-karts before before graduating to the real cars.