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Subaru Dog Driving Lessons
April Fools!
Painting by Connie Townsend

On April Fools Day, my sons swapped the contents of our cereal boxes. When I tried to pour my daily serving of boring grown-up bran cereal, my bowl filled with some kind of Gorilla Crunch cereal. That’s about the extent of the jokes at our house, but we enjoyed the joke that Subaru carried out enough to make up for our own lack of creativity.

 

Subaru announced on the first of this month that they would start offering driving lessons to dogs. According to their information, instruction would focus on basic operations related to vehicles, such as applying the hand brake and turning on emergency lights. If these basic driving lessons proved successful, the company stated that they would offer more advanced classes.

 

Apparently there was some confusion and this joke was taken seriously by some. I guess that just shows that Subaru has a reputation for being ultra-dog friendly!

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Karen B. London, PhD, is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Professional Dog Trainer whose clinical work over the last 17 years has focused on the evaluation and treatment of serious behavioral problems in dogs, especially aggression. Karen has been writing the behavior column for The Bark since 2012 and wrote The Bark’s training column and various other articles for eight years before that. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University, and teaches a tropical field biology course in Costa Rica. Karen writes an animal column, The London Zoo, which appear in The Arizona Daily Sun and is the author of five books on canine training and behavior. She is working on her next book, which she expects to be published in 2017.

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