Dogmeat might be the mos trustworthy and faithful companion found in Fallout 4, but if you send him to Sanctuary then you might have some trouble even finding him. We’ve all been there, we all want to have Dogmeat by our side, but sometimes a mission calls for someone else. Whether it was Nick Valentine, Piper, or Strong, the end result is the same, you sent Dogmeat back to Sanctuary, and now you can’t find him. Well here’s a quick guide to help you out.
Note: This guide is mostly for if you already had Dogmeat and intentionally sent him to Sanctuary. If you haven’t found him, or lost him for some unknown reason, then check Red Rocket to the south east of Sanctuary.
The problem with Dogmeat in Sanctuary is that he doesn’t follow the usual rules of a Fallout 4 settler. Ringing the bell that summons them all won’t pull in Dogmeat, so you actually have to know where to look if you want to find him.
The key to finding Dogmeat in Fallout 4’s Sanctuary is to look for the red dog houses found in many of the backyards. He will almost always be near one of these, whether hanging out inside or wandering nearby. There’s no telling which one of the dog houses Dogmeat decided to make his home, so be sure to check them all if you are really having trouble finding him. There are a few of these, so just do a run around the outside of the town, including at the very end of the cul-de-sac, to locate them all.
If you find this annoying and don’t want to keep doing it over and over again you might want to start sending Dogmeat to a smaller settlement when you don’t want him by your side. Red Rocket would likely be a better pick than Sanctuary, but some of the other settlements are even smaller, making it easier to find Dogmeat once you need him again.
Hopefully this helped, so let us know in the comments if you have any questions. And have fun with Fallout 4!