Do your dogs ride in your Tesla?

Do your dogs ride in your Tesla?

I know and saw at least two Tesla owners who let their dogs ride in their new model S. I have not let mine in the car yet but probably will soon. Just wondering what you are doing to keep the car as nice and hair free when you do let your dogs in? or you will not let fido in your new car?

Desai | January 3, 2013

@portia: I don't have mine yet (Feb/Mar) but I will definitely let my dog ride along. Luckily for us she is a small dachshund short hair so she is low maintenance.

david | January 4, 2013

If anyone runs across a seat cover for the rear seats that works well in the S, please let us know! My 6 month old husky is banned from the S until we get some protection for the seats :)

BYT | January 4, 2013

I'm still coming to grips with letting my twins ride in my Model S!! :D

bbryant | January 4, 2013

My wife would eagerly include our Yorkie on the title if she could (he even has his own gold card)so he is guaranteed frequent rides, now to search for a booster seat!

Velo1 | January 4, 2013

My wife and I have decided to let the dog ride, but we are frantically looking for a good seat cover. We get our S next week, and thought in the interim to at least fold down the rear seat, but I haven't look at an S in that configuration to really know if that is a viable option. We have a 35 pound Wheaton Terrorist dog, and my wife's current car constantly has nose prints on the windows. :(

portia | January 4, 2013

@davidb we have 2 huskies!
the ones I have seen in Teslas are smaller.
well seat cover that work would have to be a tight fit so the dog can not go under it! I have one we use in rental cars but it won't work in the S.
folding the backseats down is an option, but they will have too much room to rattle around, and may still be able to scratch the back door.
or maybe some blocker to confine them to the carpeted hatchback area.

@velo1 those are called nose art, look for abstract shapes! mine once did a happy face, that's when we realized they were trying to draw ;)

@byt. I symphathize...

bshortell | January 4, 2013

Our 180+ lb newfie got this for christmas.

He loves it.

Cindy.holland | January 4, 2013

I have a westie and use a booster seat for him in my car. This allows him to see out the window while keeping my seat clean. The seat is held into place by the seatbelt then I can buckle him into the seat for safety. A good website for these and blankets for seats is

choots.humphries | January 4, 2013

I have an 85 lb English Golden who insists on riding in the front seat when alone with me in the car.

My car should arrive in about a week and she will most definitely be allowed to ride in it.

lightly | January 4, 2013

No Way!!!

My Golden Retriever who sheds like a wooley mammoth gets car sick!!!

He is relegated to the back of my wife's Ford Flex which has a Hatchbag installed.

andex23 | January 4, 2013

I have a schnauzer, he doesn't shed which helps. we took him to dog beach the other day and made him lay on a towel on the way home.

Of course, I can't forget the nose art.

Biggest issue I see is with the suede/microfiber side blosters. Those can get dirty pretty quickly if you are not careful, the leather is easily cleaned.

DouglasR | January 4, 2013

We have a small (17 lb.) Havanese, who doesn't shed, but is so close to the ground that he gets pretty dirty. We use a sling/hammock contraption (like the one shown in bshortell's post). It works pretty well. You need to train him to stay in back.

RobS | January 4, 2013

@ bshortell

Thanks for the link!

GLO | January 4, 2013

OUr 3 mini schnauzers most likely will own our car. Get ours in 2 weeks or so and I ma sure they'll happily ride along. Noseprints are a "given". Now our messy friends are a different story....but that's for another thread.

kafahsholtz | January 4, 2013

Dogs ride in Suburban or old Infiniti. Not touching the Napa leather....


Mel. | January 4, 2013

DouglasR, I also have a 17 pound Havenese. I put a towel on the passenger seat and he rides shotgun.

Brian H | January 4, 2013

Dogs aren't that much for sightseeing; fully half their brains are dedicated to smell -- the world as chemistry! Hence the head-out-the-window routine; it's a high-velocity news report on what's been happening. Lights up their brains like a Christmas tree on steroids.

iholtzman | January 4, 2013

I have two standard poodles 70 and 85 lbs. They have been in my model s. I put the back seat down and layed out a blanket. One of them did bump his head on the rear glass after he first got in. Be sure to cover the rear door opening threshold as my son did not when he let them out and they scratched the bottom plastic piece. Not sure why that is made out of plastic though, seems to me it would get scratched even when passengers in the rear seat get out.

TonyF | January 5, 2013

I (I mean my wife) have 2 Cairn Terriers. That breed doesn't shed but they will still NEVER see the inside of my Model S. That's what her car is for.

mw | January 5, 2013

I have 2 Choc Labs, 13.5 yrs old, 68 and 75 lbs. It was a few weeks (car honeymoon) before I let them in the car. They shed enough fur to make a 3rd dog! I put down the back seats covered with packing blanket and the old seat cover I used in my other car. They are too old now to move around much so they stayed put. Fur did get in the carpet in the hatch area tho. Seemed to vacuum up pretty well. No way they are touching the leather seats tho. The male prefers to ride in my husband's Chevy Silverado 3500... boys. I don't think my babies will be with us much longer. For as much as I love my car... I love them more.

chort67 | January 5, 2013

I have a Whoodle (Poodle mixed with Wheaton Terrier) who does NOT shed who rides in my Sig Model S daily. She's trained as a therapy dog and goes to work with me. She does leave dirty paw prints in back seat so we're looking for a seat cover but I'd prefer one just for the seat if anyone finds one let me know.

Thumper | January 5, 2013

Fergus our black and tan English Cocker rides in his crate in the back of the MS. In our last car,a station wagon, I held the crate in place with a bungie around the backseat headrest. The MS could use tie down loops or something in the trunk for the dog crate and other loads.

ColinBowern | January 5, 2013

Our Bernese Mountain Dog rides in the trunk after we put down the Lloyd's Rubertite mats.

jjaeger | April 13, 2013

So after 4 months of ownership - and initially saying that our 2 dogs would never ride in the MS, all that has changed. Since it's now very apparent that the car is the only one I will drive going forward (zero need for the old ICE), used a Friday trip to a nearby park to see how they'd handle the ride. Didn't take long for them to settle in that the back hatch area was theirs and made the trip well. Now one of them is a lab, so of course the creek at the park is a must-attend attraction for her, which resulted in a wet and dirty dog when we got back to the car. Were prepared with towels and did our best to knock down the most of it. Stopped at a nearby brewpub on the way home - and liked the phone app to keep the AC on and monitor the internal temp. The end result, other than a fair bit of yellow lab hair on the two trunk sidewalls that vacuumed off ok with a bit of work - car fared very well. Learned a few things for the next trip so have now broken it in.

To close off the indoctrination, made the first Home Depot trip as well - an easy one with only 10ft PVC pipes that fit easily from the trunk back to the front dash. Am convinced more than ever that this is the only car I need.

Brian H | April 14, 2013

"Dog-Friendly Car" would be a killer ad campaign. No other maker would dare match it.

haansberger | April 14, 2013

Although I am still waiting for my car ( European #665 ), I already bought a backmat from roseanne. I saw a picture of her backmat on and was hooked to the idea immediately. We own a Bernese Mountain Dog and the only way to have her ride in the trunk of my future Model S would be by installing such a mat. Take a look - you'll love it too ;-)

jjaeger | April 14, 2013

Thanks haansberger that is exactly what is needed. Was talking with my wife last night how we could essentially cover the 3 sides of the trunk area up to the top so that we can avoid the bulk of the hair removal process. We did have a large towel over the back area of the back seat - but nothing for the two side wall areas. That backmat looks perfect. Will give Roseanne a ping. Gotta love the forum.

Michael39 | April 14, 2013

We have a 100 lb Black Russian Terrier. My getting the car was contingent on the dog being allowed in the car. She goes everywhere with us

We found a very elegant solution in the form of one of the hammocks from Amazon. It forms a well that the dog fits in nicely. The hammock comes with caps that slip over the front seat headrests. I used a small rope that I threaded through the eyelets in the back. This hooks over the three headrests in the back seat.

Then with her normal sleeping pad on the seat she is very comfortable riding in the car.

Brian H | April 14, 2013


c.bussert67 | April 15, 2013

Our Vizsla rides in the back of our S. She's got a nice little bed back there to relax in. She even snuck a 'Got Birds?' sticker on the rear window to let every other dog out there know who's car it really is!

petero | April 15, 2013

Wow, such problems. My wife won’t let ME ride in her MS, until I have taken a bath, been groomed, had my nails trimmed, and promise not to drool or slobber. I don’t understand, I am pretty good about the above… except on nights with full a moon.

It may be some time before I have a Tesla smile.

David59 | April 15, 2013

Our two boxers ride with us to the countryside for our long walks in nature. With a couple blankets and the seats down they are very comfortable. They are still getting used to the smooth suspension and quiet ride though.

jchangyy | April 15, 2013

My bichon poodle mix rides on the center console just behind the cup holder. I already have scratches to prove it.

RyanMN | April 15, 2013

My 70lb Pit-mix rides in the hatchback, I put one of those resizeable Mesh dividers. He gets to look out the back window, and has plenty of room.

tomcohen | April 15, 2013

The salesperson at Tesla in Palo Alto said she folds the back seats flat (I confirmed they do fold flat) and then uses a soft side crate--similar to the ones pictured here:

stimeygee | April 15, 2013

Hey Ryan - what mesh divider are you using? Is that to keep your dog from coming up front? I'm looking for something like that, as I know for a fact my dog will try crawl out of the hatchback into the backseat (which will definitely not be allowed - by current car is essentially un-resellable thanks to dog hair in every possible crack, basically impossible to remove.)

jsergeant | April 15, 2013

Much as I love my 10 1/2 year old Golden Retriever, there is no way she is riding in the Model S. Even without her having been in the car, the front mats are already getting covered with dog hair just from what gets tracked in by our shoe soles.

I take her on walks every day to Round Valley reservoir where she gets wet and muddy regularly, so I'm holding onto my Hyundai Sonata as a dog transporter for the time being (as someone else mentioned it's probably pretty much unsaleable because of the years on dog hair in every nook and cranny.

Maybe I'll relent once the shine wears off the Model S, but I doubt it.

gary.johnson | April 15, 2013

Our 40 lb English Bulldog was the second (or third) one to ride in our S. After all it's just a car, a very nice one, but still..

We have a hammock with a cushioned bottom for the backseat. We tried a trip to wine country with her in the back on a blanket, but since I haven't tinted the rear window, it got too hot.

The only downfall on the dog hammock is the seat headrests are molded. The hammock likes the adjustable kind better, otherwise, the straps can slip over the headrests. Also the leather is slick so when I brake too much, she slides forward off the seat.

She also likes to sit in the front passenger seat floor. Due to shedding, we need to find a better floor mat for the area! It's so great that there is so much room there compared to our other ICEs.

One really great feature of the phone app is that if you leave the dog in the car you can monitor the temp and turn on the air conditioning if it starts to get warm, or open the Pano more. It would be nice if you could control the windows too.

DennisM | April 16, 2013

I've had my S since December - with tan leather seats. I am owned by a very spoiled 8-year-old Golden Retriever. He rides in the back seat in a hammock (Drs. Foster and Smith online) which keeps him safe and the seats clean and scratch-free. Of course - the black carpet - just like every piece of clothing my wife and I own - constantly reminds us of his he would expect.

Solution | April 16, 2013

Cattle dog/American Eskimo named Zam and an Australian Shepherd/Corgi mix, named Biggs. Love them to death. They are our kids, but they have not been in the Tesla yet... we have the weather proof mat and some blankets, too. It will be soon, I am sure. Might have to contact Rosanne though. That looks like a stellar solution to minimize the shedding!

shs | April 16, 2013

I just placed and order for what looks like a great product for us and our four dogs.

TINO F | April 16, 2013

Our German Shepherd, and our Shih Tzu love to ride in the car. They have great visabilty | April 16, 2013

My Golden gets a ride to the vet tomorrow (my black interior will get a backseat blanket)

RyanMN | April 18, 2013


For the model S, i didn't need ay of the wings, and with the rods to extend it to floor at lowest it will go it fit in nice and snug. I generally take it out when the dog isn't ridding with me because it does rattle.

DigitalSavant | April 18, 2013

Of course, my little co-pilot is always welcome! She's a 9 pound Japanese Chin, and she doesn't shed all that much. Besides.. how could I ever say no to that face?!?

cb9 | April 18, 2013

My West Virginia Terrier rides in the back, but I'm not happy with the cover I picked up at PetSmart. It doesn't fully cover the leather (actually exposes the Alcantara) and so I'm constantly trying to tuck it back around the side of the seat. I also have a dog harness that is attached to a piece of cord that wraps around the back of the seat (from the edge to where the seat splits for half fold down) so she has some ability to move but won't jump into the front. All the seat covers I see (Orvis, Amazon, etc.) as well as the one I bought seem to require adjustable headrests. Without them, the slip cover keeps slipping off the top of the seat, so I'm still looking for a good solution.

Brian H | April 18, 2013

You mean this one?

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DigitalSavant | April 19, 2013

^^ Yep, that one! Thanks, Brian! :)

gldlcks55 | April 19, 2013

Beau is a 125 pound black Great Dane. After 3 weeks, I gave in and put together two of my favorites, one being my blue with tan leather MS and this 18 month old beast that just loves to ride. Beau is comfortable gazing out of the back of my Range Rover Sport. That is his ride! For the MS, I was concerned about the proverbial dog hair and the residual dog smell and I was conflicted. I previously had a Yellow Lab that also enjoyed car rides. However the ubiquitous yellow lab shedding would always cling fiercely to the black interior carpet. It was a chore to vacuum most of it out.
For the first Great Dane ride, I bought 2 furniture blankets at the local hardware and laid it out on the flattened rear with the rear seats folded. I lured Beau in with a dog biscuit. Beau jumped in nonchalantly and stretched out his massive frame across with his tail neatly tucked in as I closed the rear trunk lid behind him. Unlike my previous Yellow Lab, he did not drool on the glass window and the leather interior. The furniture blanket covered most of the rear space. He was happy as a clam as we rode into town for a pastry run. On the return trip, no dog cookie was required. Beau, myself, and this quiet electric vehicle drove triumphantly back to our home.

Favguy | April 19, 2013

LOL @ the question, I'm not sure I'd even let my Fiance ride in an S! She tends to kick and scuff sills on getting in and out...