Games with Dogs

Dogs have been around for almost as long as humans have. In fact, being owned by a dog is possibly part of what makes us the most human. Well, that and playing games—especially games about dogs.

Happiness may be a warm puppy, but how is man’s best friend at the gaming table? Depending on the game, as in life, they might be competitive, confounding, or companionable.

Here are some canine-themed games to scratch that gaming itch behind your doggo’s ears.


Turn your kennel into the biggest, bestest shelter in the city.
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A Dog's Life

Help your dogs enjoy the challenges of a day out on the town.
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Walk the Dogs

A set collection game with 63 miniature dogs (in seven breeds!) to play with.
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Top Dogs

Choose your best dog cards to create a winning dogsled team.
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Who Let the Dogs Out

Round up your escaped dogs who got out and bring them back home.
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Play cards that both supply resources and select actions around a circular rondel to balance your training with the cards your opponent has just played.
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Dog Park

A bidding/set collection game with players walking dogs to gain reputation (victory) points.
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Here Comes the Dog

You're in pre-historic times, hoping to domesticate dogs by building fire and cooking meat. Keep the fire burning, or become the dog’s meal yourself!
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Kill Doctor Lucky…and His Little Dog, Too!

An expansion for Cheapass Games' Kill Doctor Lucky that includes the doctor's Scottish Terrier.
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About the author

Tom Franklin

By day, I'm a mild-mannered IT Manager with a slight attitude. By night I play guitar & celtic bouzouki, board games, and watch British TV. I love abstracts, co-ops, worker placement and tile-laying games. Basically, any deep game with lots of interesting choices. 

You can find my middle grade book, The Pterrible Pteranodon, at your favorite online bookstore.

And despite being a DM, I have an inherent dislike of six-sided dice.

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