It was the 'pet' of a traveller. When the traveller died, this damn dog just plopped its furry ass down on my doorstep and wouldn't leave.Phil

Solve Phil's Canine Conundrum is an unmarked quest in Fallout.

Quick walkthrough

Unmarked Quest: Solve Phil's Canine Conundrum
Go to Phil's house.
Talk to Phil about the doggie.
Wear a leather jacket.
Give the dog some iguana on a stick.
Reward: 100 XP
Dogmeat as a companion

Detailed walkthrough

To start this quest, the Vault Dweller needs to go to the Casino area of Junktown. To the right of the entrance area there is a pair of people trying, unsuccessfully, to enter their house. The reason they can not enter is that Dogmeat is blocking the door.

Simply wearing a leather jacket (which will remind the dog of its former master) or giving the pooch some iguana-on-a-stick will solve the quest and let the couple enter their house unmolested. There is a 100 XP reward for doing this, as well as the couple's thanks and Dogmeat as a companion, complete with a variety of bite attacks in combat.


  • 100 XP
  • Dogmeat as a companion.


In the Fallout Demo, the only option to get Dogmeat as a companion is to feed him the iguana bits (which are simply "on-a-stick").

Behind the scenes

The application of the leather jacket is a reference to the film Mad Max, where it is worn by the lead character.

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