The purpose behind this experiment was to increase promotion for adopting dogs from rescue shelters by showing that they are highly capable of being trained and tamed. Many people opt to purchase well-bred dogs when the rescued ones are in need of a home too. All it takes is a lot of Tender Loving Care, along with patience, and they can do anything (like drive a stick-shift)! But the possibilities of how this could directly affect our society are endless! Dogs already aid humans by performing duties such as leading the blind and sniffing out drugs for law enforcement. Could you imagine them driving around the visually impaired or taking part in a high-speed chase alongside their human police-partners? …okay, so maybe that is a stretch. But hey, after Mishka the Talking Husky went viral showing that dogs can imitate human sound, just about anything is possible! The world may be “going to the dogs” a lot sooner than we think!
So the next time you’re training your pooch to “sit,” “speak,” “roll-over,” or “play-dead,” you may want to start adding the phrases “drive,” “turn,” “put it in neutral,” and “park,” to your list of dog-commands!
For more information about the SPCA and their efforts to encourage the adoption of abandoned canines, visit their Facebook page here: DrivingDogs.