How to Tame Animals in Minecraft

Being a new Minecraft  player can be pretty intimidating.

It takes a lot of time and dedication to master the game, and if you've just started playing, you may not know where to begin. Why not start your journey with an army of animal pals by your side? Here's how.

Wolves

Once you've located the wild wolf you want to befriend, you'll need to give him a bone to make him your bestie. You can gather bones from skeletons, who'll sometimes drop them when they're defeated.

Then, the next time you spot a wolf, equip the bone and right click on the wolf. You'll see little hearts appear above the wolf's head, and if it works, the wolf should transform into a loyal dog, complete with a collar, to call your own.

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Horses

Taming a horse in Minecraft takes time and patience—but it's totally worth it. When you first try to ride an untamed horse, it'll buck you off. Keep trying, occasionally feeding the horse its fave foods, such as apples, and eventually it'll display the hearts to let you know it's been tamed.

Once tamed, you can ride the horse, but it'll wander around wherever it pleases. To control the horse, you'll need to get a saddle. These can be found in chests as you explore the Minecraft world. Equip the saddle to the horse and you'll be able to gallop wherever your little heart desires.

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Ocelots

Turning an ocelot into a tame kitty cat is easy. Players can tame wild ocelots by walking carefully up to them and offering raw fish (obtained by fishing) when the ocelot begs for food. A tamed ocelot will turn into a tuxedo, tabby or Siamese cat.

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Chickens, Cows, Pigs and Sheep

To tame farmyard animals (chicken, cows, pigs and sheep) you first have to build a pen for them using fences and a gate.

Once that's ready, you need to locate the animal you'd like to tame and carefully lure it toward your pen using their preferred food. Chickens like seeds, pigs like carrots and cows and sheep like wheat.

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Once you've gotten the animal inside your pen, step outside and close the gate behind you and you'll be ready to start your very own farm.

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Need more help with Minecraft's basics? Click HERE for the ultimate beginner's guide.