One of the most heartbreaking things about Red Dead Redemption 2 isn’t the ending, it’s the fact that you get to look at so many great dogs and never, ever have one to call your own. That state of affairs is untenable, I daresay, and so now there’s a mod for the Western game that restores player and canine to their natural relationship.
Dog Companion by Shtivi is exactly what it says it is, and more. You don’t just get a dog, you can have any dog in Red Dead Redemption 2. If you include the named pups Rufus and Cain, there are fifteen different kinds of dog that appear in Red Dead Redemption 2, and with Dog Companion installed, you can befriend any of them. The instructions are pretty simple: find a dog that you like and pat it, then select the new ‘bond’ prompt. After that, the hound will accompany you on your adventures from New Austin to Van Horn.
The mod adds a surprising number of dog-specific behaviours to Red Dead Redemption 2, giving you quite a few options while you have one with you. They’ll sit and wait for you if instructed, and if you enter a building, it’ll wait for you outside. They’ll help you out in fights, attacking any predators who get too close, or anyone you get into a melee brawl with.
Companion dogs can also help out with hunting. They can track game animals by scent, and if you shoot some prey, your dog will scamper over to the carcass and start barking to help you locate it. This is important, because you’ll only be able to refill your dog’s core (another new feature added in the mod) with meat you’ve harvested from prey animals.
Dog Companion also includes full in-game tutorials for how to interact with and use your dog to its fullest potential. You’ll want to practise whistling, because that’s how you’ll call your dog to you, but it has a range outside of which your dog won’t be able to hear you.
If you’re an absolute monster, you can also dismiss your dog companion at any time. But nobody is going to use that option, we’re pretty sure.
Head over to Nexus Mods to download Dog Companion. You’ll also need AB’s ScripthookRDR2 installed, as well as an .asi loader. Once you’ve got all that set up, just copy DogCompanion.asi and the folder labeled DogCompanion to your Red Dead Redemption 2 folder. Ain’t no big thang t’all.
We’ve noted before how modders are making Red Dead Redemption 2’s world more immersive, and having dogs you can be friends with goes a long way toward that goal.
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.
How do you get a dog companion in Red Dead Redemption 2?
Over on Nexus Mods, the “Dog Companion” mod lets you go on all your rootin tootin adventures with a four-legged friend in tow. We know there are dogs already out there in the desert that you can pet (or hunt if youre a monster), however, its not the same as having a loyal doggo by your side.
The mods description rightly reads, “A cowboy without a horse is not a cowboy. But if you ever wondered how itd be to play RDR2 with a personal dog, this mod is for you”. At the time of writing, the “Dog Companion” mod has been downloaded nearly 4k times – which were expecting to rise.
After installing the mod for RDR2 on PC, simply walk up to a homestead, find a dog, and select the new “bonding” option. Yes, youve probably just stolen some poor prospectors dog, but hey, youre supposed to be an outlaw anyway.
More than just a cosmetic overhaul like weve seen in the likes of Resident Evil Villages NSFW Lady Dimitrescu mod, the dog mod has plenty going on. Arthur can tell his dog to sit and wait, or whistle and theyll come happily running over.
If your dog gets lost, you can jump on your horse and locate your new companion like you would with your missing hat. Best yet, the dog mod gives you a ferocious ally in battle, who can tear the throats out of other neer-do-wells.
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