World's First Driving Dog Goes Viral

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We told you about the world's first driving dogs back in December when they were in training, and now a video of one of them driving around a track has reached viral status on YouTube.

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Teaching dogs to drive is a project of the Auckland, New Zealand SPCA, where the organization teamed up with carmaker Mini Cooper in a social media awareness campaign.

What they're trying to prove in this publicity stunt is that many abandoned pets are whip-smart, trainable and can even do surprising things.

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Heck, they can even be molded into good drivers if you so desire (all well and good, but not in my backyard -- keep that part in New Zealand).

As you can see in the video, Porter, the world's first driving dog, is using a paw-activated accelerator and brake to pilot the vehicle. He's doing pretty well at the wheel, albeit at a snail's pace and requiring considerable micromanaging from his trainer. Don't try this at home, folks -- it's a "professional driver" on a closed track. Never mind that the pro driver is being paid in dog biscuits.

It's not surprising that dogs can drive, given their enthusiasm for sticking their heads out the windows of moving cars. We're thinking Porter is a much better driver than many we've seen recently. Even so, were hoping these driving dogs don't add to the highway chaos anywhere near here.

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Pic and video courtesy Auckland SPCA

This story originally published on Mashable here.

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