Shelter Dogs Get Driving Lessons To Showcase Smarts


  • Driving Dogs Picture

    Driving Dogs Picture

    An effort to teach shelter dogs to drive has attracted worldwide attention. | December 07, 2012

Just the Facts:
  • The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Auckland, New Zealand is teaching rescue dogs how to drive in an effort to show their intelligence and potential — and garnering worldwide attention for the stunt.
  • Three shelter dogs, including a giant schnauzer, will show off their driving skills behind the wheel of a Mini Countryman in a TV broadcast next week.
  • David Letterman spent part of his show Wednesday offering the Top 10 Signs Your Dog Is A Bad Driver.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Auckland, New Zealand is teaching rescue dogs how to drive in an effort to show their intelligence and potential — and garnering worldwide attention for the stunt.

Three shelter dogs, including a giant schnauzer, will show off their driving skills behind the wheel of a Mini Countryman in a TV broadcast next week.

David Letterman spent part of his show Wednesday offering the Top 10 Signs Your Dog Is A Bad Driver, including "crosses four lanes of traffic to go after a squirrel" and "insists on driving with head out of window."

S.P.C.A. Auckland said the driving dogs have been coached by an animal trainer and practice on a closed course.

Edmunds says: The point is that the dogs may have been abused and abandoned, but they are still up to learning new tricks.

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