How to tame a dog in Minecraft

How to tame a dog in Minecraft: Minecraft is a title that you are very passionate about, to the point that you spend a lot of free time exploring its world far and wide, always coming across new adventures. Since you are also fond of animals, especially dogs, you would like to know if it is possible to have one and tame it, in order to keep you company and cheer up your play sessions.

How do you say? Is this actually the case? Then know that you’ve come to the right place! In today’s guide, in fact, I will show you how to tame a dog in Minecraft, so that it can follow you on your adventures and defend your shelter. In addition, I will also provide you with useful tips on how to take care of it.

I bet you can’t wait to start reading this guide, am I right? So what are you waiting for? Sit comfortably and take all the time you need to carefully read the tips I will give you and put them into practice. At this point, I just have to wish you a good read and, above all, a good time!


  • Preliminary information
  • How to tame a dog in Minecraft
    • Resources needed
    • Taming a wolf
    • Taking care of the wolf

Preliminary information

On Minecraft available different animals and creatures, some of which can be domesticated for companionship during your adventures, or to raise them in their refuge. If you want to tame a dog, however, know that unfortunately this animal is not available in the official version of the game.

In place of the dog, if you don’t want to use Mods, you can tame a wolf on Minecraft which, in general, can be considered a valid alternative to this animal. In fact, you will be able to go exploring in the wake of your trusty wolf, who will defend you in case of attacks from enemies.

Alternatively, if you prefer to use a Mod that can give you more choice on the type of dog to take with you in Minecraft, you can rely on the free More Dogs mod, available only for Minecraft Java Edition for PC, or on the paid mod Pets: Dogs available for Minecraft Bedrock Edition (the version of the game for Windows 10, consoles and mobile devices).

If you want to know more about how to install mods on Minecraft, you can consult my guide dedicated to the topic.

How to tame a dog in Minecraft

Having made the necessary premises above, if you want to know how to tame a dog in Minecraft without the Mods (therefore bringing a wolf with you and not a dog), follow the instructions below. The instructions, however, may also be valid in the case of Mod with dogs.

Resources needed

First of all, to proceed to tame a wolf in Minecraft, it is important to have all the necessary resources with you. You must know, in fact, that wolves are creatures that live in the wild and, therefore, you must be able to build a relationship of trust with them, so that you can tame them.

To do this, you need several units of Bone that you will need to feed these animals. To recover this resource, you can simply defeat the skeletal creatures or you can attempt to recover them in the chests scattered around the world of Minecraft. In addition, through fishing you have a chance, albeit minimal, to get a bone as a prize.

Other than this resource, you don’t need anything else to be able to tame a wolf. Therefore, if you have everything that I have indicated in the previous paragraphs with you, all you have to do is continue reading the next chapters.

Taming a wolf

Wolves are animals you can’t find in any Minecraft biome. If you are looking for at least one to tame it, my advice is to visit very specific areas, such as the forest, the taiga, the taiga of giant trees and the snow-covered taiga.

In these biomes, you can usually find a wolf pack consisting of at least three individuals, of which there may also be a cub. Wolves generally do not attack the player, but when threatened they immediately become aggressive.

You can easily recognize a wolf by its typical dog-like shape, with a gray coat. In case the wolf is aggressive towards your avatar, you may notice red eyes. In this case, all you can do is defeat the creature and go in search of another wolf.

When facing the wolf to tame, equip a Bone block ( at least 3 units ) in a quick slot in the bottom area . Afterward, you have to approach the wolf and interact on it with the bone in your hand, so that it can feed on it. Whenever you interact with a wolf, you have a one in three chance that you will be successful in taming it.

My advice is to continue feeding it, until you see that the wolf changes its appearance: in fact, if you have successfully performed the procedure I described in the previous paragraph, the wolf will have a red collar and will set in the “sitting” position.

When the wolf is sitting, it will not follow your avatar, remaining exactly in the position where you left it. If your avatar is attacked, the wolf will defend you until the hostile creature is defeated. In this case, at the end of the fight, the wolf will return to the previous position, waiting for a command.

By interacting with the wolf, it is possible to pass from the “sitting” to the “standing” position and vice versa. In the latter mode, the wolf will follow your avatar to any place, even in those difficult to reach, teleporting to his side.

Taking care of the wolf

Now that you’ve tamed a wolf, let’s see together how you should take care of it. First of all, in case you have to reach a very dangerous place for which you do not want the wolf to be present, be careful to leave it in the shelter by setting it in the “sitting” position, so that it cannot follow you in any way.

You can also make a leash (as I explained to you in my guide on the subject ) to use it on the wolf: in this way, after having tied it to a fence, the animal will not follow you or defend you in case of attacks.

If your wolf takes damage, you can feed it to recover its hit points. You can use any type of cooked, raw or rotten food (meat or fish) to feed a wolf. Each food, however, allows you to recharge a variable number of hit points.


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