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How to pet a dog - Breath of the Wild

Everything you need to know to learn how to pet a dog and show man's best friend a little attention in Breath of the Wild.


There are dogs in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and they are adorable. Chances are you'll spend most of the game wanting to pet them. It seemed for a while that we would forever be destined to be unable to pet dogs in Breath of the Wild. But hosanna there is a way! Petting doggos and puppers is entirely possible in Zelda, and we're gonna show you how to do it.

Identifying a Dog to Pet

To pet a dog in Zelda: Breath of the Wild, first you must find a dog. Not just any doglike or small creature will do, though, you need a 100% bona fide canine. 

Scouting for Puppers in Hateno Village
Scouting for a dog to pet is important in Breath of the Wild.

First, you need to scout out your surrounding area for dogs to pet. We went to Hateno Town to look for cute dogs and possibly other animals with which to cuddle. Unfortunately, Hateno Village was a bust, so we set out for greener pastures. It turns out dogs like hanging out near stables. If you head to your nearest stable in Hyrule, more than likely you can find a dog. Once you find a dog, you can pet the dog.

How to pet a dog

how to pet a dog - botw
Petting a dog in BoTW is a bit awkward, but pets is pets.

Once you've located a suitable dog, you may engage in petting it. To do so, unequip your melee weapon and walk up to it. Press the button you usually attack with, and Link will spaz out like he's looking for his sword. It may not look like Link is petting the dog, but looks can be deceiving. After Link spazzes for a bit, the dog will get the pink cloud of hearts around it as if you've done something it likes.

Drop food for dogs in botw
You can drop food for the dogs you encounter as well. They'll eat fruit, though they definitely prefer meat.

Although you don't get the satisfaction of seeing Link actually pat the dog, you can at least get the reaction you would from petting it. You can also feed your pupper friend and it will also make him happy. The dog likes meat, but he will eat fruit too.

Now that you've learned to pet dogs, you'll never need to learn to stay warm since puppers keep you happy from the inside out. Check out our Breath of the Wild guide for more useful info.

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