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Photo gallery: Dogs learn to drive in New Zealand

Published on Dec 8, 2012 5:30 AM

Rather than chasing cars, dogs in New Zealand are being taught to drive them – steering, pedals and all – in a heartwarming project aimed at increasing pet adoptions from animal shelters.

Animal trainer Mark Vette has spent two months training three cross-breed rescue dogs from the Auckland SPCA to drive a modified Mini as a way of proving that even unwanted canines can be taught to perform complex tasks.