Is It Ever Safe to Leave My Dog in the Car?

It’s generally safe to leave your dog in the car for a maximum of five minutes, and when the outside temperature is above freezing and below 70 degrees.

Here are tips to safely leave your dog in the car

During daylight hours, crack a window and park in a shady spot.

Be sure not to get sidetracked. A five-minute errand can easily turn dangerous for your dog if you become distracted from returning to your car right away.

If you have another person in the car with you, have them stay in the car with your dog and keep the heat or air conditioner running.

Keeping Your Dog’s Safety in Mind

As much fun as it can be to take your pup along on errands, his safety comes first. While leaving your dog in the car might be OK under certain conditions, generally speaking, it’s best to leave your fluffy bud at home when you’re going somewhere he’s not allowed.