How to tame a wolf in Minecraft

In this guide you will find step-by-step instructions that explain how to tame a wolf in Minecraft.

In Minecraft you can tame a wolf by giving it a bone. Let’s find out how to tame a wolf.

Steps to tame a wolf

How to get bones

Bones are a necessary item to tame a wolf in Minecraft, as they are the only form of item that wild wolves will eat. To get bones quickly, wait until the sun goes down and you will notice skeletons starting to spawn – skeletons usually spawn at night or in poorly lit areas.

By defeating the skeleton, you will receive from zero to two bones. While you won’t need too many bones to tame a wolf, be sure to bring a few spare ones in case the wolf doesn’t accept your bones the first time.

Find the wolf

Once you have the necessary materials, you will need to find a wolf to tame.

Where to find a wolf

Wolves are most often found in packs of four and usually spawn in biomes such as forests and wooded hills. A complete list of all biomes in which wolves can spawn is given below:

  • Forest
  • Forest hills
  • Taiga biome
  • Taiga of giant trees
  • Snow taiga

Use the bone

You can tame a wolf by giving it a bone. To do this, place the bone in your hotbar and make sure it is the selected item in your hotbar.

Now you need to use the bone. Game controls for using dice vary depending on the version of Minecraft:

  • For Java Edition (PC/Mac), right-click.
  • For Pocket Edition (PE) – press and hold.
  • For PS3 and PS4, press and hold the L2 button on your PS controller.
  • For Xbox 360 and Xbox One, press and hold the LT button on your Xbox controller.
  • For Windows 10 Edition, right-click.
  • For Wii U, press and hold the ZL button on your controller.
  • For Nintendo Switch, press and hold the ZL button on your controller.
  • For Education Edition, right-click.

When you use the bone, red hearts should appear around the wolf. This means that the wolf is being tamed.

After completing the taming process, the hearts will disappear and the wolf will behave like a dog.

Congratulations, you’ve just tamed a wolf in Minecraft!

Know your wolf

A tamed wolf can be ordered to follow you and stay. If you order him to stay while he is in the safe zone, he will not die or spawn. However, if the wolf follows you, it will attack any mobs you attack, with the exception of creepers.

If your wolf is in a fight, you can judge its health simply by how high its tail is raised. If your wolf is low on health, he will start whining, and the lower his health, the lower his tail will be. You can cure your wolf by feeding it any raw meat, even rotten flesh.