rescue dogs learn how to drive a car
rescue dogs learn how to drive a car rescue dogs learn how to drive a car
dec 06, 2012

rescue dogs learn how to drive a car

‘porter’ the beardie cross learning to drive



mini cooper new zealand, the society for the prevention of cruelty to animals (SPCA) and the engineering team of ikon engineering have teamed up to teach three rescue dogs how to drive – in the process hoping to dispel the idea that abandoned pets are less worthy and increase animal adoption.


the chosen pups – named porter, monty and ginny – are learning to drive a modified version of the mini countryman with specially developed rigs featuring paw-friendly accelerators and brakes. the dogs were chosen due to their size, appearance and attitude, and after just a few weeks of training with head driving coach mark vette and his team, the playful pooches learned to sit facing forward with their paws on the steering wheels.


SPCA auckland CEO christine kalin explains:


‘I think sometimes people think because they’re getting an animal that’s been abandoned that somehow it’s a second-class animal’


‘…in eight short weeks of training, which really shows with the right environment just how much potential all dogs from the SPCA have as family pets.’


‘..driving a car actively demonstrates to potential rescue dog adopters that you can teach an old dog new tricks. the dogs have achieved amazing things in eight short weeks of training, which really shows with the right environment just how much potential all dogs from the SPCA have as family pets.’


under the supervision of trainers the canine trio will be put to the test in front of a campbell live‘s national TV audience on december 10th, 2012.



‘porter’ the beardie cross



the pups are learning to drive a modified version of the mini countryman



‘monty’ the giant schnauzer cross learning to drive



the specially modified steering wheel



paw-friendly accelerators



‘ginny’ the beardie whippet cross



a video demonstrating the dogs in action


via sky

  • Alcoholics all over the world will lineup for these dogs. …I swear officer he was the only one who was sober… so I let him drive…

    With my dog I would’ve had to hide the car keys or he would driven to a local dog parks to see his friends.

    Ed says:
  • I don’t even want to imagine what they’ve put these through to make them learn this super useful thing.

    Guz says:
  • these are wonderful ideas for my next project for designing a car. thanks a lot. 🙂

    politikwissenschaftler says:
  • They don’t need to learn this crap! Just find them a nice family, drive your own car and let the animals live in peace!!!

    Mariana Deus says:
  • Leave that dog alone and destroy that horrendous prototype of whatever.

    Hwa says:
  • Whew! what is wrong with posh designers being so agressive about this?! I think it really is funny! What umpteenth lame or pathetic clip would you grumpy guys and gals do for a campaign for animal adoption? Thumbs up my friends!

    Emy says:
  • The dogs were trained as a publicity stunt to raise awareness of the plight of abandoned dogs.

    The training used is humane and the dogs are not “put through” anything unpleasant. SPCA stands for “Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals”.

    View the story online here:

    Jon says:

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