Dogs usually have two reactions when they are brought to the car. They either get scared and refuse to get inside because they believe they’re going to the vet. Or they’re so excited and jump in before you because they’re going somewhere fun. These dogs knew they were going somewhere exciting and they enjoyed every minute of it… while looking like Chewbacca in a wind tunnel.
Why do dogs love sticking their head out of a moving car? Putting their head out the window gets them closer to all the exciting happenings outside of the car. More than the sights and smells, tactile stimulation completes the experience. When the wind blows on your dog’s face, more senses become engaged for them to make sense of the passing view. Dogs may also tend to stick their heads out of the window as a way to get fresh air from inside a stuffy car. And in the same way that people may get restless in a confined space, dogs may feel cooped up. Open windows are – quite literally – windows to the outside world. So next time your dog wants to stick his head outside the car window, let him!