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Is your dog smart enough to drive?

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Everybody's got a story about how smart their dog is but nothing compares with the story out of New Zealand, where professionals who train rescue dogs have taught dogs to drive... just to prove a point.

The SPCA in Auckland thought it would be a good way to showcase how smart rescue dogs are and possibly improve their adoption rate too.

Animal trainer Mark Vette explains how they did it. At first, they started with lots of indoor training with a fake car, using clicker-reinforced targets to teach the dogs how to shift gears, use a brake and steer. Interestingly enough, the dogs are able to stay focused and free from distractions. (None of them showed any bad habits... like texting or talking on cell phones while...


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RicanChief
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 9:45:14 AM

dont have a dog and if I did he wouldnt be driving! LOL!!
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2parrots
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rastadok ,What % of Democrats are on Social Welfare & Medicare ,125 % by the voting records ???? .Your an Obaminist personified
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Ray_10589
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 10:54:53 PM

no dogs driving....
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Oilman9117
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 10:58:48 AM

not a chance
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Ray_10589
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:05:23 PM

no....
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1006
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 4:48:54 AM

you did not really ask this!
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 3:52:55 AM

w/out a doubt, many of mine are smarter than some of the folks I see driving around here.
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Meridethkun
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 3:02:10 PM

Not a chance!
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boldrph
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 2:48:37 PM

doubtless better than most of the folks on the street around here!
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 1:48:37 PM

not by a long shot
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Lizzylou
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:31:28 PM

VERY VERY OLD!!!
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:30:44 PM

old
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:28:26 PM

Time to change this artical
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:28:15 PM

this is just a rediculous story >>
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:28:14 PM

Again?
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:24:14 PM

This is the third day that I have commented on this article.
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:23:16 PM

Old news.
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:21:24 PM

dogs are pumping oil now lol?
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:21:09 PM

No
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:18:26 PM

Why don't we just use dogs to pull sleds/cars?
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:18:25 PM

yes! But he prefers me to drive so he can stick his head out of the window. :o)
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:14:00 PM

NO!!
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:13:47 PM

What in the world does this have to do with fuel prices?
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:13:01 PM

Please put new articles up. Don't leave them here for three days.
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naleta
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:11:23 PM

Dog driving sounds like someone trying to get out of a DUI.
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:09:21 PM

Enough already.
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:07:43 PM

Funny
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:07:10 PM

this is really a stupid idea
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:06:36 PM

No, and this is stupid.
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:58:22 AM

READ YESTERDAY!
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installer
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:57:08 AM

Sleep driving maybe.
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:56:45 AM

My dog has not gotten any smarter than she was three days ago when this was first posted.
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:55:31 AM

Not at all.
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:53:28 AM

The Gas Buddy monitors need to pay attention to removing old articles as opposed to hassling members about one word replies to their articles!
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:53:12 AM

This is B.S. AND OLD
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:41:53 AM

What is this now... 3 days running for the SAME story???
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:40:22 AM

NO WAY
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:38:16 AM

So where do they have to go? Drive themselves to the vet? Get real and don't waste time and money.
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:37:15 AM

My dog just asked me "why are they asking you this question three days in a row already"?
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Carolinared2012
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:34:56 AM

sounds like a waste of time and money!
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13centgas
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:34:07 AM

My dog is smarter, he will not drive!
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:32:10 AM

Better than most American drivers.
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:31:51 AM

are we having fun yet?
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:30:10 AM

Is your website smart enough to NOT post the same lame story for three days in a row.
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:28:33 AM

Move on!
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:27:02 AM

You can't teach an old website new tricks. Haven't we had enough of this story?
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:27:02 AM

YES..., I think he is!!! Jessie James, my 14 yr. old Ausi. Healer is so smart he went out and had a Tee Shirt made for me that says, "My Dog is Smarter than Your President"!!!!
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:25:44 AM

Squirl!!
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:24:55 AM

No, but neither are most of the other A@#*holes on the road today.
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:24:43 AM

Old !This dog won't hunt.
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