Dogs show off their driving skills on live TV

Dog driving car  
By: Debbi Gross 

(Scroll down for video) Watch out human drivers. There are new drivers on the road, according to video uploaded to the internet.

Two New Zealand rescue dogs did not melt under the pressure of live TV and successfully passed their driving test, according to an Australian TV station.

After two months of training, the dogs were tied to cars changed and headed down a racetrack in what has been described as a world first.

"The dogs are driving the car on their own," coach Mark Vette said. "They started the key, put a foot on the brake so they can go into overdrive, put it in overdrive, put a foot on the wheel, they accelerated and drove on the right track."

The car had handles compatible with brakes and dashboard height accelerator pedals with a speed limiter to ensure that the car is moving no more than at a walking pace.

A New Zealand newspaper reported that Porter, who is 10-months-old, and Monty, an 18-month-old, were taught to drive in order to show that shelter dogs are intelligent and highly capable canines that make great pets.

Both dogs were joined in dog handling class b 1-year-old Ginny, but Ginny did not take a test drive on live television as the other did. Auckland SPCA CEO Christine Kalin said Ginny received less interest from potential adoptees, probably because it did not get much air time.

"We've had people offer to adopt Monty and Porter," Kalin said. "We have had less interest in Ginny, who I would really not like to have in the shelter for a long time."

The three dogs became internet sensations when pictures of the dogs driving the car hit the internet.
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