Mongrels in New Zealand learn how to drive

If you are looking for a driver and live in New Zealand adopt a mongrel!!

"Porter" the driver dog behind the wheel

“Porter” the driver dog behind the wheel

To increase pet adoptions from animal shelters Auckland SPCA came up with the initiative of training three cross-breed rescue dogs to drive a modified mini car as a way of proving that even unwanted canines can be taught to perform complex tasks.

The motorized mutts — Porter, Monty and Ginny — were trained for three months to sit behind the wheel and operate with their paws the changing gear, accelerator and brakes.

"Monty"  looking focused performing the complex task.

“Monty” looking focused performing the complex task.

“There’s about 10 different behaviors involved, so we had to break them down into each behavior — using the accelerator, feet on the wheel, turn the key on, feet on the brake, the gear(stick) and so on,” the trainner said.

The 3 mongrels will undertake a “doggie driving test” live on New Zealand television on Monday

The trailer has attracted more than 300,000 views on YouTube and also was trending on Twitter.

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