Dogs are said to be faithful
animals. They are so attached to humans that they are called his best friend.
Many people love to have dogs as their pets. Now, for all the dog loversone
more reason to love them is that they are soon going to help you drive your
Wondering how? The drive for publicity by the
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals saw the four-legged friends
spend weeks getting to grips with four wheels in New Zealand. The dogs, a giant
schnauzer, a whippet cross and a beardie cross are the breeds that were
involved for the study. They could change gear, steer and brake. They sit in a
driving position on their haunches responding to instructions called out from
the dog behavior experts.
Animal trainer Mark Vette and his team began
training the animals using a mock vehicle before introducing them to a real car
- a Mini especially adapted for paws. He said: "We chain behaviors
together... in this case we've got 10 behaviors we're putting together. Then
you put them into a sequence. It's a lot to do, and for the dog to actually
start to get an idea of what actually is happening takes quite a long time".
The trainer felt though the dogs did well in the
controlled environment, they had difficulty in adapting to the real cars in the
real scenario. Still with practice they have performed well and now the animals
can start a car, accelerate and steer. They are scheduled to show off their
skills on live TV in New Zealand next week. For the final test, the dogs will
also have to brake as they are driving along a narrow lane.
So if this turns out successful, soon we will have the
training school started all over and help build this new skill to our pets
there by making them more attached to humans.