A new television series is set to see 12 abandoned dogs from across the UK attempt to become the first dogs to fly a plane.
The 12 dogs were chosen from out of the 120000 in UK rescue shelters by experts and taken to a mansion is Sussex to prepare for the challenge.
Scientists studied the dogs’ communication, empathy, memory and reasoning skills over a 10 week training period and the series will follow their journey as they train with behaviour specialists.
A chosen few will be sent to flight school to be trained to fly a single-engine aircraft. Each dog will be found a new loving home at the end of the series.
Professor Stanley Coren, of canine psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, is not convinced that the dogs can pull off the task, ‘Given that we would not expect a human three-year-old to be able to fly a plane, I would not expect that a dog could do so either.’
However the dogs have many supports, including series presenter, Jamie Theakston. He says, ‘People give up on them too easily and this series will show us why we shouldn’t.’