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Sticking head out of car window

Postby nyvan » Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:42 pm

Does anyone here let their dog stick their head out of the window as they drive? Does the wind damage their ears in anyway?

I was on the highway yesterday and Onyx likes sticking his head out.. but he keeps on shaking his head as the wind was going in his ears.

Now today after thinking about it, I hope it didnt damage him in anyway?

Is it a unsafe thing to do in general?

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Postby BigBadPibbul » Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:01 pm

Opinions vary on this one. I personally do not allow more than a snouts worth of dog out of the window, but when i was ten and my Chow was little he almost fell out of my dad's car and we had to pull him in by the tail, so it makes me very nervous, even when the mother in law's dog does it it, and she's been doing it her whole life.

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Postby JokerGirl » Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:29 pm

Sugar gets to do it, but since my car is a 2 door, she doesn't get a window of her own. I refuse to let her in the front seat.

So, she sticks her head between my head rest and the side of the car, and somehow manages to get a good amount of it out the window. Luckily, this way, she can't go anywhere.

I don't think it should damage her ears in any way. Your guy probably just didn't like the feeling of it hitting his ear drums.

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Postby Amie » Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:34 pm

No, my dogs have never been allowed to do this. A speck of dust or something in the air could do some serious mess to an eye. It's not worth the risk to me.

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Postby Theresa_M » Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:40 pm

Nandy loves loves loves going for rides! It's one of the words we have to careful saying around her because she definitely recognizes it.

We have a full-size conversion van. When riding in that she's usually in the back where there are only sliding windows. So she gets the fresh air & good sniffs with her head still in the vehicle. In the front seat of the car I let her put her snout out the window but that's it. When she's in the back she's more interested in standing on the console between the two front seats and putting her head on my shoulder lol This time of year I usually have the AC on during rides and she seems to enjoy that feeling.

I've heard different stories about dogs eyes or even noses getting injured during rides so I don't want to take a chance. I'd also be concerned about her seeing 'something' and trying to jump out.

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Postby MsPsychotic » Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:03 pm

I drive a mini-van, so only the two front windows roll down. I pop open the four rear windows. They only open out about two inches. The dogs like to stick their noses to the openings, but they can't get any part of them out of the window. They're more interested in who is around us (other cars) so they spend their time racing from one side to the other, to watch people.

If I had windows that opened in the back, I'd only roll them down an inch or two. Enough for them to stick their nose out, but nothing more. There is so much debris flying around on the highway and even the back roads. I'd feel terrible if something were to hurt my dog because of my own negligence.

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Postby HappyPuppy » Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:32 pm

I heard a long time ago that it's bad for them... but I have nothing to back that up.

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Postby HappyPuppy » Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:34 pm

I also saw a video of a dog falling out of a moving car's open window and tumbling SEVERAL times on the ground. Maybe better to only 'crack' the window.

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Postby lionlemur » Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:23 pm

HappyPuppy wrote:I also saw a video of a dog falling out of a moving car's open window and tumbling SEVERAL times on the ground. Maybe better to only 'crack' the window.


It does sound like the OP is talking about a cracked window, not a full open one.

Before I met my ex (so now we're talking 20 yrs ago) he found a dog on a leash that jumped out of the back of a pickup and got dragged for about 2 miles before he could flag the owner down. Even worse, the idiot vet refused to come out and administer painkillers or other treatment (because he had poodle shots to do) until my ex threatened to dump the now raw and bleeding dog on his desk.

We let our dog drive with us, but he is securely clipped into a seatbelt lock via his leash.

Even so, one half a nose-length out the window is about all I'm willing to risk. The big problem is that he wants to sit on MY lap while I drive, and the seatbelt leash isn't short enough to prevent that.

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Postby HappyPuppy » Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:33 pm

HappyPuppy wrote:I heard a long time ago that it's bad for them... but I have nothing to back that up.


....bad for their ears and/or nose due to high pressure flowing air.

BTW, my husband has confirmed that it REALLY hurts to get hit by a bee or other big bug on a motorcycle, so anything else like that could be similar for a dog, I'd think.

There is a guy with a pit bull in my neighbor that drives around in his Suburban with the window all the way down and his dog barking wildly out the window - I'm always wondering if he'll jump out at us...

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Postby mtlu » Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:36 pm

Molly rides in the backseat wearing a seatbelt harness; the seatbelt threads through a handle on the back of the harness, the front of the harness is lightly padded and lined in fake sheepskin. She can sit upright or she can still lay across both backseats to sleep while strapped in with the harness.

I too would worry about something hitting her eye, especially with freeway driving not to mention what might happen in the event of a panic stop.

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Postby steve581581 » Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:33 am

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Postby steve581581 » Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:37 am

as you can see in the picture above bailey loves to be out the window... we just hold on to her leash or put the loop on the leash through the seatbelt to ensure her not jumping out or falling if we have to make any sudden movements while driving...

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Postby Misskiwi67 » Fri Jun 26, 2009 7:26 am

Dogs that hang out car windows are just one step from the highway... too close for my comfort.

Dogs that fall out of car windows, even at low speeds, generally break bones (I've seen 2 femur fractures and one dislocated elbow, even at 20mph) or worse, get hit by the car following and die.

Having seen what I've seen, I do not even let my dogs stick their noses out the window, then they don't know what they're missing.

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Postby datdude68 » Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:48 pm

Also this has happened to me my dog was hanging out of the rear window when she accidently put her paw on the window button. The window went all the way up and choked her. I couldnt roll the window down because her paw was still on the button I had to franticly pull over pull her paw of of the button and roll the window down luckily she wa alright. Lesson learned make sure you have the lock on the window so only the driver can roll the windows up or down.


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