How does Tesla's Dog Mode Work?

How does Tesla's Dog Mode Work?

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by Gill D on January 12, 2022

In the summer, the inside of an automobile can become exceedingly hot. It doesn't take long for the temperature inside a vehicle to rise to deadly levels. For yourself, your loved ones, or your pet companions.

You may occasionally find yourself in a position where you need to dash to the shop with your pet. On hot or cold days, even with your windows cracked, it's not a good idea to keep your pet in the car.

Dog Mode is Tesla's solution to this problem. Teslas are electric, so there's no need to run the engine, which means you can use any system in the car without having to keep the car running. The heater and air conditioner are included with this.

In Dog Mode, you can adjust the temperature in the car exactly like you would at home, and the car will retain the inside at that temperature until you return. Whether the cabin needs to be heated or cooled, the vehicle's HVAC will be controlled by the automobile to maintain the desired temperature.

Passers by will know your pet is safe

Tesla also displays a message on the screen because keeping your pet alone in a vehicle isn't usually a good idea, and many people aren't aware of Tesla's Dog Mode. 

Tesla does an excellent job of informing passers-by that your pet is secure inside the vehicle. When Dog Mode is turned on, a message appears on the car's huge central screen, informing others that your pet is safe.

A charming picture of a dog will appear on the screen, along with the words "My driver will be returning shortly." It will also tell them not to worry and that the heating or air conditioner is on, as well as display the current temperature inside the vehicle.

Tesla's Dog Mode is a popular feature

What happens when the battery runs low?

If your charge level is above 20%, the automobile will allow you to activate Dog Mode. This is to ensure that there is enough power to keep your pet cool or warm while also providing a buffer for you to arrive home.

If you have Dog Mode turned on and the battery level falls below 20%, Tesla will send you a notification on your phone to alert you that the battery is running low and that you should return to your car. Dog Mode will stay on as long as possible until the car's battery is depleted.

How long can Dog Mode run for?

The heater or air conditioner is powered directly by the battery in your automobile. Aside from driving, one of the most significant power consumers is climate control. The amount of electricity used, or the period of time your car may stay in Dog Mode, is entirely dependant on the outside temperature and how much energy the car requires to keep the cabin at the desired temperature.

When the temperature system is turned on, your car will burn around 4 miles of range every hour. Depending on whether you're using the heater or the air conditioner, your Tesla model, and the ambient temperature, this will vary.

The driver is also advised to deactivate the entry and movement sensors within the car so that the pet can move about freely without triggering alarms. They also use the opportunity to remind parents that a child should never be left alone and unattended inside a vehicle, in case they decide to use dog mode with their kids.

Tesla Models with Dog Mode

In the Tesla Model Y, Model 3, Model S, and Model X, Dog Mode is a standard feature. To receive notifications from your Tesla or control your Tesla through the Tesla app, you don't require Tesla's Premium Connectivity.

How to Enable Dog Mode

You must be inside the vehicle to activate Dog Mode. The HVAC screen should appear when you tap on the fan symbol in the bottom navigation bar. Different settings, such as On, Dog, and Camp, can be found in the top right corner.

As soon as you exit the vehicle, Touching Dog Mode will activate. Simply set the temperature and you're ready to go.

How to Disable Dog Mode

Dog Mode will automatically switch off as you get back in the car and begin driving. Dog Mode will remain on if you come back for a minute and then depart.

Dog Mode is a terrific feature that demonstrates a key advantage of electric vehicles: you don't need to run the engine to operate the HVAC system. Please exercise caution when using it and never leave your dog or pet unattended for long periods of time.

 

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