Leaving your dog in your car has never been a great idea on a hot day when the sun is in full force.
Cars get hot in the sun, very fast, and a Tesla Model S or Model 3 with a glass roof, is even more so. So, no matter what the outside temperature is, this feature is a lifesaver!
And cold days in places like Canada and Northern Europe are never fun either. Especially for long periods!
That is why Tesla developed this climate control feature, an extension of Tesla’s cabin overheat protection.
What is Tesla’s Dog Mode?
Tesla Dog Mode is a feature in every Tesla that is designed to keep your dog safe and comfortable while you are away. It controls the climate control settings in the vehicle by keeping the interior temperature you set and also displays a notice on the screen for passersbys to read (in case they get worried about your pet).
The note on the screen says:
My Owner Will Be Back Soon.
Don’t worry. The A/C is on and it’s XY degrees F/C
This is actually quite a simple air conditioning feature when you think about it. It keeps your pet cool in the heat, or warm in the cold. And alerts anyone who might be concerned, as often people get worried or angry when people leave pets in a closed car in the heat or cold. And understandably!
You can see dog mode (or maybe just call it Tesla pet mode because it works for any of your furry friends) in action in this video:
How To Activate Dog Mode
This Tesla mode is easy to activate, simply
- Tap on the Fan Icon
- Set the desired Cabin Temperature
- Select Dog from the options given
It can also be activated from inside the Tesla App by dragging the slider upward on the screen. Various modes will appear next to the cabin overheat protection setting.
If the Battery Gets Low
Another thing to be aware of is that If you leave your pet unattended for a long period, and the battery charge drops below 20%, Tesla vehicles will send a notification to the owner’s phone. It is a warning that you should return to your vehicle as soon as possible because the mode cannot continue to function at when the car’s battery is so low!
Which Tesla Models Have Dog Mode?
Dog Mode has been standard on all Tesla models since its release. This includes the Mode 3, Model Y, Model S and Model X (new and old).