Apparently, it all started when a Tesla owner twitted Elon Musk to add a feature that allows owners to safely and briefly leave their pets in the car. Musk replied with a simple “Yes” and the software was available.

While it may have a very specific name, Tesla’s latest software update for the Model 3, Model S and Model X, essentially allows owners to briefly keep their pets inside the car without suffocating them.

Dog Mode leaves the car’s air-conditioning on while the pets are left in the car with a note that reads, “My owner will be back soon”; so that concerned passer-bys wouldn’t break into the car to save the animal.

If the car’s battery reaches below 20%, a notification will be sent via the Tesla mobile app to alert the owners.

Dog Mode was rolled out together with “Sentry Mode” that helps prevent car theft and break-ins by continuously monitoring the car’s surroundings with its external cameras.

Tesla Model S

The system in itself comes with three different modes – Standby, Alert and Alarm. When activated, the car goes into “Standby”, detecting potential threats with its external cameras.

When a minimal threat is detected, such as someone leaning on the car, it goes into “Alert”, displaying a message on the touchscreen that its cameras are recording.

Tesla Model 3

If a more severe threat is detected, the car goes into “Alarm”, where it would activate the alarm and play music at maximum volume.

When that happens, the owner will receive an alert of the incident through their Tesla app. They will also be able to download a video recording of the incident.


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Pan Eu Jin
Regularly spend countless hours online looking at cars and parts I can't afford to buy. How a car makes you feel behind the wheel should be more important than the brand it represents - unless resale value is your thing.