As everything I do is to encourage people to adopt or support shelter animals, there really couldn’t have been a better reblog option than this. You must, must, must see it! You truly will be amazed

Learning from Dogs

With thanks to Martin Lack for forwarding this item.

As reported on the BBC,

5 December 2012

A charity in New Zealand is teaching rescued dogs how to drive a car.

The canine driving school is aimed at proving how intelligent the animals can be.

Monty the giant schnauzer is among the novice drivers who have learned to control the brakes, gears and steering wheel.

Bill Hayton reports.

Prepare to be amazed!

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  1. Just watched the video and I am amazed! No back seat drivers when Fido is in the car! Look Out!

  2. That is amazing..My Mom tild me about it as she saw it on the news πŸ™‚ Mollie can learn, so she can run all the errands xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  3. Truthfully we think it is a very clever hoax but good on them it will get them alot of publicty. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. Hey Lady Litchi, Hey Sabre, Hey Boks, Jet here. Hi Miss Susan.

    OMD, that’s incredible! Mom asked me to share that Mr. Fred ground down the manual transmission in one of Mom’s cars in just a little longer than the same time period these K9s learn to drive a manual transmission! BOL!

    Oh we know that this demonstration will solidify (VBP) the K9 intelligence for those that haven’t figured it out yet.

  5. I watched the film on the tv here and have decided that I want to drive too, so I can take myself to the park πŸ™‚

  6. I saw that video on the local news. Awesome. Considering it took me 3 months to teach Cupcake to just RIDE in the car, I doubt she’d have been a candidate. Lucky her rescue/adoption was not contingent on her intelligence!! I love her just the way she is…

    • Absolutely (we don’t really need any more dogs driving cars anyway πŸ™‚ ). We did not get this on the news – well, not that I was aware of anyway, so it was new to me. Seems like this one has already gone viral though. Doesn’t surprise me in the least.

  7. Moggies will be driving next πŸ™‚

  8. Oh, I saw that on TV yesterday! Ma laughed and laughed at the Irish Wolfhound-ish doggie! He sits in the drivers seat like Ma’s Sheepdog did ~ cracked her up! Good things Puddles didn’t see it ~ they seem to be drivin’ better than hers! BOL

    Kisses,
    Ruby

  9. I have a personal trainer/bodyguard. Now I need a chauffeur – it is so hard keeping up 😦

  10. And some people say dogs aren’t smart. A very impressive twist on dog training!

    • They are as smart as the time and energy you have to put into them. They are incredibly intelligent but we tend to get lazy, or caught up with all the rest of life and don’t give them the opportunity to show it. This training took ages, with many small steps being learnt and then combined. I do take my hat off to the patience and dedication shown in doing so.

  11. petphenom

    That was an awesome video! Love it! I thought I’ve seen it all. But wait, I wonder if someone ever trained a dog to fly an airplane (yikes!)…

  12. I saw that story, that is really amazing. I know dogs are really smart but that’s great multi tasking:)

  13. Holy cow?! A driving dog, and it’s real!

  14. Eleenie

    So cool, it just goes to show what intelligence these wonderful animals have. Just adorable πŸ™‚

  15. How much we can and should learn from animals….starting with unconditional love! hugs, pat

  16. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    Hey, I saw this on the news. It’s REAL!! Really too amazing. Love the video.

  17. Right, this is a clear indication that we need to get rid of all our minibus taxi drivers and replace them with shelter dogs. The latter will do a FAR better job. Trouble is that if the existing taxi drivers go into shelters, who is going to adopt them?

  18. Too cool.. except Ginger saw this and I have a feeling our cars will never be the same again…. *Ginger in background going MUWAHAHAHAHAHA”

  19. Great idea to get the dogs rescued. The dogs drive a lot better than some people on the road!!!

  20. This is amazing! Now I know what I want for Christmas… πŸ˜‰

  21. Hahaha! I love this! β™₯

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