I spent too much time with the California DMV trying to get an answer. Finally my local office referred me to Sacramento where I spoke with a nice lady that understood the issue.
California considers miles as actual "driven" miles that accrue on the odometer, and / or miles accrued on the odometer while being towed. Driven means the auto is under its own power being driven by a person.
Towed miles that do not accrue on the odometer are not reportable. So for example shifting the transfer case into neutral is fine. Following that manufacturers instructions for towing, such as pulling a fuse is fine. The key is following the manufactures instructions for towing.
However, any tampering with the odometer such as disconnecting fuses, wires, or cables for the sole purpose of preventing miles from accumulating is considered tampering and is illegal.
Try and live up to your dogs opinion of you.
Try to live up to your dogs opinion of you.