Top 10 Games Where You Can Pet the Dog

Buckley being pet by Ellie in The Last of Us 2
Image Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment.

If you’re looking for games where you can pet the dog, whether wholesome or harrowing experiences, this list will name the top ten games where you can pet the dog. Sometimes, we all just need some relief from a cuddly animal, and these moments are golden.

10. Final Fantasy XIV

Riding the Megashibe mount in FFXIV
Image Credit: Square Enix, LutvDamned on YouTube.

There are many dogs and dog mounts in the vast world of Final Fantasy XIV. FFXIV has a special mount you can purchase with real currency named the Megashiba. This mount comes with a special action where you can pet the dog! It’s such a good boy, so make sure to praise it accordingly.

9. The Sims 4

The Sims 4 Cats and Dogs
Image Credit: EA Games.

With the introduction of the expansion pack, The Sims 4: Cats and Dogs, you can indeed pet the dog. These dogs can come in all shapes and sizes and be customized however you like. You can teach them tricks, play with them, and pet them.

8. Super Mario Odyssey

Mario jumping across buildings in Super Mario Odyssey
Image Credit: Nintendo.

A very precious dog accompanying you on your journey through specific worlds, this little Shiba Inu is instrumental in helping Mario find stars to save Princess Peach. You can play fetch with this dog by throwing your cap to him. 

He even has his own little hat!

7. Pokemon X and Y

Petting Pikachu in Pokemon XY
Image Credit: Nintendo, Game Freak.

While this game isn’t the most recent Pokemon game, it did introduce the ability to pet your Pokemon. This applies to more than just the dog Pokemon, of course. You can pet all of your Pokemon if you want to! Make sure to show them the love and care they need to accompany you on your journey through Kalos.

6. Life is Strange 2

Dog lying on the floor in Life is Strange 2
Image Credit: Square Enix.

Multiple dogs can be petted in Life is Strange 2, and by doing so, you can earn yourself some achievements on the platform you’re playing it on. By interacting with these dogs accordingly, you can get some collectibles you need to unlock two achievements about these sweet pups.

5. Grand Theft Auto 5

Chop in GTA 5.
Image Credit: Rockstar Games.

While there is a tonne of violence throughout Grand Theft Auto 5, including from some of the dogs, there is one dog in particular who is friendly. This dog is Chop, Lamar Davis’ Rottweiler. That being said, he’ll only be friendly to you. He can be rather vicious to others due to his training. That doesn’t stop you from being able to give him some pets, play fetch, or teach him tricks, though!

4. Fallout 4

Dogmeat in Fallout 4
Image Credit: Bethesda Softworks.

Dogmeat is one of the most well-known dogs in video games and a very beloved one at that. This companion accompanies you on your journey through Fallout 4. You can pet this dog as much as you like, and they’ll keep you company on a very lonely journey throughout the vast open world of Fallout 4.

3. Hades

Zagreus talking to Hades with Cerberus next to him in Hades
Image credit: Supergiant Games.

Not the most generic dog, Zagreus can pet Cerberus, a three-headed mythical dog. He sits by Hades in the office, and you can pet him, give him Ambrosia, and win his favor to get rewarded with his collar. You can also get an achievement for petting him ten times. 

Who doesn’t want to pet the big red dog?

2. Ghostwire: Tokyo

Shiba Inu in Ghostwire Tokyo
Image Credit: Bethesda Softworks.

Ghostwire: Tokyo stars a very adorable Shiba Inu that wanders the streets of Tokyo. This game comes with even more interactable features with the dog. You can pet the dog and feed it treats, read its mind, and even be rewarded with money and collectibles for taking such good care of them.

1. The Last of Us

Buckley the dog in The Last of Us
Image Credit: PlayStation PC LLC.

In a tragically dystopian world, The Last of Us gives the player brief moments of respite. From meeting a Giraffe up close and personal to petting a dog, moments like these bring a smile to your face. 

Buckley, named after Troy Baker’s late dog, stands guard by the control room. Being the good boy that he is, you can reward him with pets for doing such a good job. He also appears in The Last of Us 2 for extra pets!

That’s our list of the top 10 games you can play where you can pet the dog. We hope it makes you smile and that you enjoy spamming the button to pet them infinitely. 

What are some of your favorite games where you can pet the dog?

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Written by Amy Eastland

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