There are dogs in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and they are adorable, and 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. You also need to make sure they are a good boy and that they are both a doggo and a pupper.
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.
What Not to Pet
During our dog scouting mission in Hateno Town, we found some great examples of what not to pet in Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Do not pet goats. Goats are neither doggos nor are they puppers. They're mean jerks, but still cute.
Do not pet the man, not even if he gives you a sassy side eye.
Do not pet the Cucco. The Cucco has many friends and does not like to be petted. The Cucco is very cute, so you'll have to do your best to resist petting it.
Do not pet the children. The children do not want to be petted, and Ganon will win.
Finding a Dog to Pet
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.
Petting the Dog
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.
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. Hopefully, Nintendo will patch in a more comprehensive animal petting mechanic. You can also feed your doggo/pupper friend and it will also make him happy. The dog likes meat. He will also eat a fruit too.
Now that you've learned to pet the doggo, you'll never need to learn to stay warm since puppers keep you happy from the inside out. Check out The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide for some real useful info.