Ending the dogs vs. cats superiority debate once and for all, UK-based appliance maker JTM Service has developed a washing machine that can actually be operated by support dogs trained to assist those living with disabilities. The machines are even bark-activated, since dogs are notoriously bad at pushing buttons.

Support dogs are already trained to do everything from strip bed sheets to loading the machines with laundry, but now they can start the washing cycle too. A foot (or paw)-activated pad unlocks the washer's door, while a short rope lets them open it. Detergent is automatically measured and added by the machine itself, so all that's left for the dog to do is give a little bark when everything's ready to go. With enough training they can probably even remember to add the fabric softener; just don't expect them to iron too. [YouTube via Taxi]