Finding a lost Dogmeat or other NPC in Fallout 4

Losing Dogmeat can make you distraught, but never fear. This guide will tell you how to recover Dogmeat (or any NPC) and travel the Commonwealth again!

While exploring the Commonwealth in Fallout 4 you have many opportunities, and sometimes demands, to switch companions. This, 
unfortunately, can lead to a companion getting lost. I've noticed this most distressingly with Dogmeat. It is a sad day when you can't find Dogmeat!

Once when I lost Dogmeat, he returned to the gas stations south of Sanctuary. But, another time he completely disappeared, and I could have sworn I sent him to Sanctuary.

First Check the Doghouses

If you are on the PS4 or Xbox One consoles then right now this is your only hope. Apparently, he can end up in dog houses. There are 3 or 4 dog houses in sanctuary. I thought I had found them all, but in the image below the green dot (aiming recticle) is pointing at the location of a doghouse that I did not know existed where I found Dogmeat. It is behind the yellow crafting house towards the bridge. I just never walked over there for some reason. When I did, I found Dogmeat. I suggest checking it out:

PC Users Have Another Way

We'll need to use console commands.

You can bring up the console by clicking the Tilde (~) key on your keyboard. It is usually to the left of the 1 key and above Tab. This console has a wealth of power, but we just need a few things.

We need the ID of Dogmeat and a way to get him to you. This will work with other NPCs if they somehow get lost.

For a complete list of companions and their IDs check out our companion list with their in-game IDs. You can then use the process below to summon them back to you!

Recover a Lost Dogmeat or Other Companion

We have determined that the Dogmeat ID is 0001d162

  1. Open up the Console by typing Tilde (~)
  2. Type 'prid 0001d162'
  3. Hit Return/Enter
  4. Type 'moveto player'
  5. Hit Return/Enter
  6. Hit Tilde (~) again to close the console
  7. Dogmeat will shoot to you like he is being magically summoned and be next to you!
  8. Travel the Commonwealth with your Dogmeat

Finding the ID or Base ID of other NPCs

People refer to this by different names, but base ID and ID are roughly equivalent. You may have to load a previous save where the
NPC or object was still accessible. Then do the following:

  1. Open up the Console with Tilde (~)
  2. Click on the NPC
  3. A string will appear like this (000d0e9b) indicating the ID, but NPCs will have extra info after them like this [ER].

The string inside the () is the ID. NPCs usually have brackets after them indicating a type of something similar - they may look like this (000d0e9b[ER]) with another bit in brackets after the ID. The ID is still just 000d0e9b.

If the NPC indicator brackets are not after the NPC, you have probably clicked the wrong thing. Keep clicking around until you get the NPC

You can now login to your broken save and follow the same steps as those above outlined for Dogmeat.


Stephen is the founder of and A life-long gamer who enjoys RTSs, MMOs, RPGs, City Builders, 4x games and FPSs on easy mode. He also enjoys introducing his children to the wonderful world of gaming.

Published Nov. 30th 2015
  • Cody_2359
  • Bee_4629
    Thank you for showing me how to get dogmeat back. I am about only 3 hours into the game(on PC) and I had already lost him.
    Seriously, thank you so much
  • Corey_3048
    Thank u this really helped. Started getting really upset that I couldn't find dogmeat. After searching all the settlements and thinking I looked all over sanctuary with no luck. Found this page out purely because it was bothering me that much. Yeah I'm a weirdo. Just like dogs too much
  • Schofield_5886
    I lost Dogmeat after the Kellogg quest. Searched all settlements but no luck. Travelled back to the Rocket settlement and there he was. Weird how he wasn't there the first time but was the second. Maybe you have to wait a certain amount of game hours.
  • Dogmeat_3654
    He was at red rocket for me even though I'd never been there
  • jeff_2812
    i thought i lost dogmeat after reunions guest, looked for him allover ,got an alert to assist an attack at hangmans ally..lo and behold theres my dogmeat
  • Josh_4727
    Nick Valentine kellogg quest, choose USE DOGMEAT when you get the cigar, he will be waiting for you outside
  • geote
    This worked great!!!! Thank you!
  • Witty Cheese
    I've just tried this, it worked on Nick Valentine...but he's busy and walking somewhere?
  • Pink guardian
    We have had all of the same issues! Dog meat wasn't anywhere to to found, not where we met strong, or in the dog house. We thought all was lost until we started the mission with Valentine (the dectective) to find his son. Upon investigating the kidnappers house you will find cigars. Valentine will tell you that dog meat should sniff them to gain a trail. After you leave the house, dogmeat will be outside waiting for you. And yes it will be a joyous reunification!!
  • Cody cherrington
    I found him where you first find him, the gas station you pass right before the sanctuary
  • LittleT859
    For anybody that lost dog meat on console. If he is not at any doghouse, or walking in any of your owned locations. Then odds are the same thing happen to you that happen to me. Dogmeat is where you left him for the super mutant strong.

    So go back to trinity tower. Go all the way to the top where you met strong the super mutant. Ride the paint elevator down again. The second paint ride down will lead you to dogmeat again. :(
  • LostDoggy
    I'm on Xbox one and I sent dogmeat to sanctuary after the fort hagen mission and I haven't seen him since I made a dog house for him and everything but I haven't seen him I'd like him back
  • raf_7125
    do you have to put ' " ? I do everything and do nothing .how exact I have to type it ?
  • Samantha_1268
    For some reason that didnt work on mine :c so i used "00002f1f.moveto player" the id being piper's and it worked for pc. Maybe mines just weird
  • Quinton_7269
    davoz28, Dogmeat is probably running to Fort Hagen. Same thing happened to me, the second I entered Fort Hagen for the Reunions quest he reset and started following me
  • davoz28caboose
    Doesn't work for me. As soon as I summon Dogmeat he immediately starts running off, presumably to the place where he was. I keep hitting follow, he doesnt.
  • Stephen Johnston
    That's very bizzare do you possibly have a companion already with you? Try doing it outside of a settlement. Go to the Cambridge police or someplace neutral and try it.
  • kate.farrow
    Community Manager
    That feeling when you thought you'd lost Dogmeat for good, but then you turn the internet upside down to find a cheat to get him back.

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