Some Tesla Owners Report Dog Mode Failures

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Tesla has introduced a long list of weird, questionably useful features over the years, but Dog Mode is one that other automakers could take a lesson from. The tech uses EV batteries to control the interior temperature while the owner is away, keeping dogs and pets comfortable in hot weather. Unfortunately, a recent software update has led some owners to report that Dog Mode no longer works in their cars, with two people taking to social media to complain.

Dog Mode can hold a Tesla’s cabin temperatures at safe, comfortable levels for pets, and the vehicle displays a message on the infotainment screen to let people know the owner isn’t killing their animals. Update 2024.20.1 brought changes to the system, with at least two owners stating that the cabin temperature was not stable. The vehicle sent alerts to owners’ smartphones so the pets weren’t left unattended for an extended period of time.

One of the owners posted a response from Tesla’s service team to Reddit, which advised them that it was investigating the issue and to avoid using Dog Mode until further communication. 

If you own a Tesla and rely on Dog Mode to keep your pet cool and comfy in the summer heat, it’s best to avoid using the feature until the automaker can release a patch or update. Dog Mode allows some temperature variance when in use, but a complete failure could yield heartbreaking consequences.

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Kristopher Kristopher on Jun 24, 2024

    Tesla: the quality is appalling, but at least all the profit is going to a fascist eugenacist!

  • Picard234 Picard234 on Jun 25, 2024

    It's a nice idea if you took your dog somewhere and then you need to stop for a quick asian massage or the liquor store. This mode could just as easily have been called toddler mode. Good thing the car sent the alert and no actual pets or toddlers were harmed, but Tesla needs to fix this ASAP.

  • Rover Sig Absolutely not. Ever.
  • EBFlex No. I buy as little Chinese products as possible.
  • John "...often in a state of complete disarray on the roads" What does that mean? Many examples in poor repair? Talk about awful writing.
  • Varezhka Saving sedans in US or globally? Right now around half of the global sedan sales is in China, just under a quarter in North America, and the remaining quarter distributed around the rest of the world. So for a sedan to stay around they must sell well in both China and North America (BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Honda) or just extremely well in China (VW/Audi and Nissan). For everyone else, the writing is on the wall. There’s also a niche of subcompact sedans in SE Asia and India but I believe those are being replaced by SUVs too.
  • Kcflyer it's not a ford, it's not a mustang. just like the ford gt is not a ford but multimatic gt or mustang wouldn't roll off the tongue