Our best friends, our bestest boys and girls, can become real goofballs the moment they set their paws inside cars. After all, dogs love showing off their playfulness no matter where they are. But cars have something magical about them that brings out the inner puppy in some doggos.

To brighten up your day and give you something to smile about, Bored Panda has collected some of the funniest and most wholesome photos of dogs riding in cars and all the shenanigans that they get up to. Remember to upvote your fave pics and share photos of your car canines in the comments.

While there are lots and lots of dogs that adore being chauffeured around because car rides give them a sense of adventure and resemble going hunting, other canines have an aversion to vehicles. However, there are ways to encourage your dog to love cars. The Arizona Humane Society told Bored Panda that owners have to use positive reinforcement to get dogs to behave in a certain way. Read on for the AHS team’s insights.

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It's a dog!..no, a WEREWOLF!

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Is that a zebra crossing? Damn! Left my glasses at home again....

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That is both hilarious and terrifying 😂

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Kelsey Dickerson from the Arizona Humane Society explained that dogs can be very responsive to their owners’ moods and will often respond to their tone of voice, body language, and demeanor in any situation.

“It is always recommended to use positive reinforcement when your pet is exhibiting behavior that is wanted by giving them high-value treats, verbal praise, and love!” she explained. So if you want your dog to learn to love car rides, positive reinforcement is the way to go and you should steer clear of punishing your pet.

“It is especially important to never punish your pet after it has exhibited a behavior you do not like unless you are actually catching them in the act. When you punish a pet for something it did previously, they do not have the cognitive ability to understand what you are punishing them for and it may even increase the unwanted behavior by causing your pet to have extra stress and anxiety.”

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Feets up!

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'Human, lef me ouf of hefe!'

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I'm a little sad my car doesn't come with a pup holder.

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One reason that dogs might avoid car rides is that they associate the trips with negative experiences. For instance—going to the vet or getting carsick.

Meanwhile, shelter dogs might have had traumatic experiences linked to cars that you don’t know about.

Whatever the reason why your dog might be afraid of cars, the steps that you can take to encourage your dog to join you on car rides are simple enough. They just require patience, love, and understanding.

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'This new model comes with a built in AC, GPS and DOG'

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Hey Fred! How you doin?

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Friends dog was hanging out my car window, looks like a ewok on a speeder.

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That is an ewok, no kidding hahah

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If your dog is carsick, The Spruce Pets suggests that you get over-the-counter medicine to ease their motion sickness. Obviously, ask your vet for their advice first. Oh, and just to be safe, avoid going for a ride whenever your dog just ate.

However, if your dog is scared of car rides, you’ll have to put in much more effort. But the gist is simple: bit by bit, you have to help your dog associate rides with positive experiences. Treats, praise, toys, and belly rubs can help you ‘bribe’ your dog to approach the vehicle and then get inside.

The important thing is to make sure that your dog doesn’t feel trapped inside. Keep up the encouragement as you start up your engine; make sure to go for shorter trips first. And remember—you can’t rush these things, but soon enough your doggo will a happy car-riding goofball like the rest of ‘em.

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DforDorothy
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Me after work.

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Talk to the paw, hooman.

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This is the life, John. Pedal to the metalllllllll!

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DforDorothy
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He's plotting something. I'd leave the lights on for the night.. :O

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DforDorothy
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What a beautiful face :)

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Raine Soo
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Aww...look at the cute, floofy puppy! He's blocking everything, but that's okay.

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Helen Haley
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Pup holders are the best.

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Hattie
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Looks like a man in a costume. But still a beautiful doggo though ❤️

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It’s good we got him a car seat so he could be more comfortable in the car

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Yeah, if you'd stop pretending you're in the Fast and Furious, that would be great...

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Soooo happpppyyyyyyyyyyy!

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Doing some moving and forgot my dog's first toy as a puppy was in the backseat - he's a bit excited about finding it.

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Helen Haley
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5 months ago

I will take one of each please.

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AWWWW <3

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5 months ago

Cheese!

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DforDorothy
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5 months ago

I look like that after half a mile :))

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Steve Onyx
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Stop driving and doing your makeup, Karen! You're gonna get us killed!

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Bad hair day.

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One of my dogs farted, I looked back in time to see this

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Hey, Karen. Can you please crack a window open? Knuckle head here just let one stink bomb go!

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Pizza nom nom!

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Hey beautiful. Can I offer you a ride?

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Hey, kool man

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Flopflopflop.

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We ze 3 puggeteers!

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Boop.

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Arrived at my destination, then turned around to check on my dog who was sitting in the back seat.

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Oh, that why you've been so quiet!

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Hi.
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He/she looks so relaxed and happy :)

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Gah, I’m about to barf!

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Melissa Sawicki
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5 months ago

Cute pic but you should NOT HAVE your dog in the bed of your truck while driving. Pretty shitty people do this.

Beth Arriaga
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5 months ago

Looks like he's harnessed in. They make safety harnesses so you can lock in your pupper safely. Hope that's what they did anyway.

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Pauline Bennett
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5 months ago

Let me in the Cab you dumb ass!

Diane Patrick
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5 months ago

Put him inside!

Catlady6000
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5 months ago

Is it just me, or does he sorta look like a demonized lama?

Wyndmere
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5 months ago

Yup that's what I'd call that look. Traumatized at the least.

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Epic King
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Ah, might as well jump (jump) might as well jump Go ahead jump (jump) Go ahead jump **LMAO sorry guys I had to**

Kim Bush
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Now I'll have that in my head the rest of the night lol

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あ-- 𝕽𝖔𝖈𝖈𝖔 is Ꮆ 卂 匚 卄 卂--あ
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becouse im happy

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5 months ago

i am hungry (not the dog dog is happy)

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Gin
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Sid, is that you?

Kim Bush
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5 months ago

Half Sid, Half Llama, lol

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Carole Reid
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5 months ago

A lot of people just put their dog in the open back of a truck in Idaho. I see it all the time and really hate it.

Janet Chaney
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5 months ago

against the law where I live

Kathryn Sutherland
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5 months ago

Dogs should never be in the back of a truck!

Baked Panda
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5 months ago

Looks like Sid the Sloth

Steve Onyx
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5 months ago

Say cheeeeese!

JJM
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5 months ago

Doesn't look safe.

Mandy Martinez
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5 months ago

I agree with Melissa Sawicki!

Elak Swindell
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5 months ago

"I'm..close..to..being..blown..out..but..must..keep..smiling!"

Lani Burch
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5 months ago

In some places, it's illegal unless the dog is a working dog.

Lynn Morello
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5 months ago

Looks like a pretty secure harness to me, and the dog is loving it.

Marlene Ricker
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5 months ago

With that long neck and his pouffed out cheeks, he looks rather like a llama.

Mariette Estabrook
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5 months ago

Syd?

Linda HS
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5 months ago

Cheeeeeeeeeese

Yesenia Delgado
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i see nothing wrong with this, the dog is properly harnessed. and just because they do this doesn't make them shitty. there could've been many reasons for this. back when i was younger and had a dog we'd put her at the back of the truck for one of many reasons. but one was she was a big time shedder (she was a husky wolf mix), two she was just absolutely huge even as a pup, three there was 7 people to fit on one truck during road trips, she was lucky while we had the short end of the stick, and four, though she loved road trips she would at times get car sick, mostly when she was let inside the truck along with a few other reasons, but hey... and might i add we love our animals to the fullest. stop bashing this person. and for others who are doing so as well. though it is illegal is some of your states to do this, it's not in others, and so stop telling people how to deal and care for their animals, this dog is clearly healthy and happy, and well taken care of.

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flopflapflopflopflap

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flapflopflapflapflop

Donald Holder
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5 months ago (edited)

And this is why a thousand dogs due every year in the US alone. Stupid owners!

littlegreenpig
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5 months ago

Say cheese

Hailie Power
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5 months ago

Say cheese

Felipe StillChill
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5 months ago

"Cheese!"

Elaine Dodge
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5 months ago

Syd is back!

Tugg Ster
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5 months ago

That’s one way to clean his teeth

Gail McFadden
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5 months ago

It's against the law in MA. You can't have any animal in the truck bed!!!!

mauricio ferreira
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5 months ago

It's Faaaaaaaaassssssssttttttttttt !!!!!

DKS 001
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5 months ago

SMILE!

Bailey ives
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5 months ago

Oh come on, he’s obviously enjoying it.

Lynn Dougherty Quin
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5 months ago

The dog doesn't know it's dangerous. The driver does

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Laura Crawley
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Maybe not the safest but those teeth are sparkling!

D-m Keilman
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5 months ago

FWIW over 100,000 dogs die annually while riding in the bed of a truck. https://www.cesarsway.com/dogs-truck-beds/

Morgan Shawyer
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5 months ago

Well, nightmare fuel.

Joanne Hudson
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5 months ago

Yeah! Make a couple of the kids sit in the bed of the truck so pupper can be inside. Why didn't I think of that.

Carissa Godley
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5 months ago

We used to do this will our dogs growing up. My dad would let the dog sit in the bed of the truck if we ever took her anywhere. It kept her from jumping out once. It was pretty normal to see in the 80's. But I also never heard much about animal abuse back then either. Everyone just had dogs because they were part of the family and treated them well.

Betty Behr
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5 months ago

Dog should not be in truck bed ever!!! Shame Shame!

Retorter A
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4 months ago

Agreed. Astounding the number of downvotes people who love animals get. People will do anything to support their right to be dumb.

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Annette Rainbow
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5 months ago

He looks like her harnessed in the back of the ute. Talking about UTES, why do you all say "truck", when it is a "UTE"? A tuck is bigger than a ute and has more than four wheels, and hulls anything from food, logs, grains well anything really. So if a ute is called a truck, then what do you call a truck? They can't both be called a "truck". That is just wrong. So enlighten me please.

Bunnyllama47
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Trucks must be different where you come from.

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THAT tongue! :O

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Dag-nab-it will you go easy on the brakes!

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