January 24, 2021

Why Does A Dog Sticks Its Head Out The Car Window?

by Pete Decker


When you are a pet parent, it is important that you know the activities that are safe for your dog and the ones that are not, the things that your pet loves and those that it dislikes. Most dogs love sticking their heads out of the window when you take them in your car. This could be a very unsafe activity for your dog. Since you don’t speak their language, it’s best to understand this behavior, so you can take some preventive measures.

But before that, let us fill you in on why does your pooch enjoy such an activity.


Here’s 4 Different Reasons Why:

  • Sticking the head out the car window helps the excited dog to cool off faster than inside a hot car.
  • The environment outside a fast-moving car window provides great stimulus to their breeds’ adventurous instincts and make them imagine that they’re running at great speed. A wider view of the passing-by scenery excites and stimulates them.
  • Another probable reason apart from the heat could be that the odor in the car may not be pleasing to your pet; so, it may prefer the outdoors air more. Dogs are great sniffers and catch up on scents very quickly.
  • You’re not the only one who’s protective, your dog could be very protective of you too. So, maybe it sticks its head out to ensure your safety and alert you of probable dangers well ahead.

Your Dog Loves It…. But This Could Be Unsafe!

The fast breeze on the face and fur may leave a few canines excited and happy, but it’s a fact that their olfactory sensations work overtime in such an environment. The scents, smells and the feeling of wind get them all excited. But, this may not be the right thing to do all the time.

Here are reasons why you must take care not to allow your dog to stick his head out the window.

There a few safety issues that cannot be ignored when your pet sticks his head out the car window. On a freeway, there are more chances of injuries to the eyes and ears of your pet because of fast flying debris on the roads such as pebbles and get exposed to dust, dirt, rocks, other fast-moving vehicles and may become vulnerable to scratches, and injuries. Or worse, it may also fall out of the car window and get hurt badly.


Which Breeds Of Dogs Are Most Likely To Do So?

Most canine breeds are adventurous and have an almost unbelievable sense of scents/smells, sights, and sounds. Right from a Pug to a Springer Spaniel and a German Shepherd, Blood Hounds, or family-friendly breeds such as Labrador Retrievers etc., there may be very few or even lesser exceptions to a dog which does not like to stick it head out the car window.

Additional Safety Tips To Take Note


Keep the interiors of your car odor-free; maintain a pleasant agreeable temperature inside the car. If you permit your dog stick his head out, ensure that you do it only when you know it is absolutely safe and perhaps make use of safety equipment like some doggy goggles to protect his eyes.

Happy and safe driving to both you and your dog!


Author Bio

This post was contributed by Pete Decker, the Lead Editor at The Goody Pet. Pete loves to share his passion for pets through snippets of interesting and helpful information. You can find more of Pete at his website, Twitter or Facebook.

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