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Can I Get a Dog in Red Dead Redemption 2?

It’s the question you’ve always wanted to ask but have been to scared to (until now): “Can I get a dog in Red Dead Redemption 2?” After all, you can do other fun stuff like, uhh, comb your beard, and admire the dangly bits of horses, so why not rock up with a Red Dead Redemption 2 dog, or any other pet? Unfortunately, unless you want to try and play pretend for a little while, the answer is a little ruff.

Can I Get a Dog in Red Dead Redemption 2?

Sorry to have to be the one to break it to you, but you cannot get a dog in Red Dead Redemption 2. You can achieve a nice middle ground, though, by patting dogs and, as one user on GameFAQs found, having a temporary canine companion to follow you in your travels in the Old West.

But, first, the patting. Walk up to a (non-rabid) dog, hold L2/LT and press square/X to pat it as many times as you want. See? It’s just like owning a real dog, minus the poop and feeding it every day.

Meanwhile, you can also roleplay the glorious life of a dog owner by whistling for your horse while a dog is nearby. It’s not an exact science but, after a couple of whistles (press up on the d-pad), you’ll find the dog reacting to you and it’ll follow you for a certain amount of time. Don’t expect it to stick around, though, and you definitely can’t own a dog a la Fallout or Skyrim.

Are There Other Pets in Red Dead Redemption 2?

I’m afraid there’s not. Don’t bet against a Fortnite-esque introduction of creepy critters and furry friends in Red Dead Online but, for now, you can’t own a dog, a cat, a chimpanzee, a cockatoo, or anything in-between. You’ll have to make do with the train robbing, I suppose.