See Spot drive: New Zealand SPCA puts dogs behind the wheel

See Spot drive: New Zealand SPCA puts dogs behind the wheel
Ginny behind the wheel.

There is no question that most dogs love to go for a ride in the car (just as long as it isn’t to the vet). Now, for the first time, three dogs in New Zealand; Monty an 18-month old giant schnauzer, Porter, a 10-month old bearded collie mix, and Ginny a year-old whippet mix are able to drive themselves.

The trio were trained to operate specially equipped Mini Countryman cars under the supervision of Animals on Q owner Mark Vette as part of a marketing campaign for local SPCA to demonstrate that rescue dogs make first rate adoptees.

"I think sometimes people think because they're getting an animal that's been abandoned that somehow it's a second-class animal," SPCA Auckland's CEO, Christine Kalin, told the New Zealand Herald. "Driving a car actively demonstrates to potential rescue dog adopters that you can teach an old dog new tricks."

Vette, however, emphasized that the dogs did have human help in the form of steering wheel adjustments and verbal commands, the Herald reports.

Who knows, one day the dogs may even graduate to operating Land Rovers!