After just eight weeks of training, Porter, an old beardie cross, Monty, a giant schnauzer and Ginny, a whippet cross, can start the car, put it into gear and use the accelerator.
Christine Kalin, head of Auckland SPCA, was keen to stress the dogs haven’t ventured onto the highway – yet. “They’re driving on an off-road raceway track and at all times we can stop the car should we need to.”
But judging by video of the canine cruisers, they look perfectly at home and more attentive than most human drivers. The dogs will be showing what they can do on live TV next week but for the moment, catch up with their training here.