Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Teaching dogs new tricks

I want to learn to drive, and I want a Mini to be my first car! I now know this dream is possible as I watched three dogs on TV last night learning to drive a car... yes you read that right, here in New Zealand, as part of the SPCA's latest promotion to get people to adopt dogs, dogs are being taught drive. Next Monday night, LIVE on national TV, the top dog is going to drive a human around a car race track without any human help!

Have a look at this short video (1:16 minutes long),

and if you are interested in more detail see TV last night  (8:57minutes long) for the step by step training method and dogs driving (ignore the advertisement at the front - the driving part is about 3/4 of the way in), and the SPCA Auckland Facebook page.

The dogs are almost fully trained. On Monday night my human and I will be in front of our big black box watching live... and if the dog drives by himself then I want to be first in line for my very own doggie driving lessons from these guys. I will let you know how thins go. My paws will be crossed for a good result.

Just imagine - no more waiting to be chauffeured around, no more letting my human decide where we go, I could just get behind the wheel of "my Mini", let the wind blow in my fur while I go wherever I want. I could even drive my humans around.



Mitch and Molly said...

We LOVE this idea, Riley! One more thing to add to our Christmas list! How would we look driving a Smart car?!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

Dexter said...

I have mixed feelings. Sure, clever dogs such as you and me should absolutely get their wheels. Why not? But I am hoping there are driving tests because, let's be honest, some of our pals are way too nutty to be allowed behind the wheel.