We have yet to meet a dog that doesn鈥檛 just love sticking its head out of its owners鈥 car windows (airplanes are another story entirely). Though they DO exist 鈥 some dogs get nauseous or do better in聽crates 鈥 for the most part dogs and聽cars are practically synonymous. In fact, we highly recommend you do yourself a favor and check out the hashtag #dogsincarwindows on Instagram. We promise you won鈥檛 regret it!.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 11: A dog pops its head out the car window to see adult performers from the controversial Erotica show ride down Queens Street during the annual 'Boobs on Bikes' parade on August 11, 2010 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

But鈥 why? Why do our furry pals love blowing back their jowls in the breeze so very much?

Turns out, there鈥檚 actually more than one reason.

According to Mother Nature Network, which researched several independent studies, one such reason is the amount of scent information it can help them perceive.


鈥淚鈥檓 not sure they鈥檙e getting a high, per se,鈥 vet Melissa Bain at University of California, Davis, told Car and Driver magazine, 鈥淏ut they鈥檙e getting a lot of input at a higher speed.鈥

They鈥檙e also getting to experience what dog trainer Kevin Behan describes as pack mentality, particularly with regard to hunting. 鈥淲e need to remember that it鈥檚 only in our mind that a dog on the sidewalk is motionless relative to the dog in the moving car. For the dog in the car, the dog on the sidewalk is 30, 40 or 50 mph and that鈥檚 a pretty fast moving prey animal.鈥


Then there are the behavioral aspects. Not only is a car trip a reward for the dog, who is able to pick up on the fact that they鈥檙e probably going somewhere good (paws crossed for the dog park!) but they get to spend time with their favorite human: YOU.

鈥淚f you give dogs a choice to be with a person or be with other dogs, they prefer to be with people,鈥 Dr. Brian Hare told Car and Driver.

Good enough for us 鈥 we love being with them, too!

Which dog car-loving theory makes the most sense to you? Share over @BritandCo!

(h/t Hello Giggles, photos via Sandra Mu/Getty and Getty)