Video | Teaching rescue dogs to drive cars

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Yes, some animal experts in New Zealand have taught three rescue dogs how to drive. Here are several videos proving they actually did it and the exciting tale of the tail.

Driving-dogs---video-still-in-car-steering-wheel-with-pawsBy Mark Prigg

Astonishingly, it took three rescue mutts just eight weeks to master the basics in wooden carts. Then they went to the real thing. This unusual project is the brainchild of SPCA Auckland CEO Christine Kalin and famous animal trainer Mark Vette from Animals on Q. The real purpose is to show people how smart dogs really are and make them more desirable for adoption.

Video of dog learning to drive a car

Ms. Kalin spoke about the difficulty in placing dogs from a shelter: “I think sometimes people think because they’re getting an animal that’s been abandoned that somehow it’s a second-class animal.

Driving dogs - Porter, a 10 month old beardie cross, is one of three dogs being trained to drive a specially converted Mini

Porter, a 10 month old beardie cross, is one of three dogs being trained to drive a specially converted Mini

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.”

Driving dogs - Monty, an 18 month old Giant Schnauzer cross in one of the specially built training cars

Monty, an 18 month old Giant Schnauzer cross in one of the specially built training carts

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CBS News video shows rescue dogs training to drive cars

Driving dogs - Ginnie, a one year old Beardie Whippet Cross is the third driver in the group

Driving dogs - Porter, a ten-month-old beardie cross, became the first dog in the world to drive a car. He negotiatied a New Zealand race track in the specially modified Mini

Porter became the first dog in the world to drive a car. He negotiatied a New Zealand race track in the specially modified Mini

Video | dog driving Mini car around race track