Upgrade Your Dog’s Digs. How to Improve Your Dog’s Pen in Stardew Valley


Upgrading the dog pen in Stardew Valley allows players to provide more space and better care for their pet dogs. After completing the Community Center bundles, the player gains access to several community upgrade projects, including improving the dog pen outside the Wizard’s tower. This upgrade expands the size of the pen and adds new amenities like better fencing, a deluxe dog house, and even a swimming pond. Upgrading the dog pen not only improves the lives of the player’s dogs, but also demonstrates their ongoing commitment to improving Pelican Town. This article will provide an overview of the dog pen upgrades available in Stardew Valley, the requirements to unlock them, and how they benefit caring for dogs in the game.


Before you can upgrade your dog pen in Stardew Valley, there are a few prerequisites you’ll need to complete first:

You’ll need to have built the basic dog pen, which requires 350 Wood and 5 Hardwood. The dog pen can be constructed on your farm through the Carpenter’s Shop menu after you have upgraded your house at least once.

To upgrade the basic dog pen, you’ll need a good amount of resources:

  • Deluxe Dog House – 150 Hardwood, 150 Stone
  • Deluxe Coop – 400 Wood, 150 Hardwood, 200 Stone

Make sure you have gathered enough wood, hardwood, and stone to build the upgraded dog houses and deluxe coop before attempting the upgrades. You can gather these resources from your farm, the mines, or purchasing from Robin’s carpentry shop.

Upgrading your house at least once and building the initial basic dog pen are required steps before you can upgrade further. With the materials in hand, you’ll be ready to give your dogs a comfier stay on the farm.

Upgrade to Deluxe Dog House

upgrading to the deluxe dog house in stardew valley increases pet friendship and happiness.

Upgrading your basic Dog House to the Deluxe Dog House in Stardew Valley requires gathering the necessary resources of 150 Wood and 150 Stone. This upgraded version provides your dogs with a larger and more comfortable shelter. According to the Stardew Valley Wiki, the Deluxe Dog House increases your friendship with your pets each day, keeping them happier and healthier.

To start the upgrade process, enter Robin’s Carpenter Shop in Pelican Town and select the “Construct Farm Buildings” option. Then choose to upgrade your existing Dog House. Robin will inform you of the required materials – 150 Wood and 150 Stone. Gather the necessary resources by chopping trees on your farm for Wood and breaking large rocks for Stone. Once you have enough, return to Robin’s shop to complete the upgrade.

The Deluxe Dog House provides more interior space for your dogs to move around. It also includes a food bowl and cushion, ensuring your pets are well cared for. According to players on Reddit, upgrading to the Deluxe Dog House allows your dogs to spend more time outside since their needs are met inside. So upgrade for happier, healthier dogs on your farm!

Upgrade to Deluxe Coop

To upgrade your basic coop to the Deluxe Coop in Stardew Valley, you’ll need to gather the required materials:

  • 200 Wood
  • 150 Stone
  • 100 Hardwood

The Deluxe Coop provides your animals with a much larger space to roam around in. It can house a maximum of 12 animals total, with the types being chickens, ducks, rabbits, and dinosaurs. The Deluxe Coop also includes auto-feeders to make feeding your animals easier.

Once you’ve gathered the necessary wood, stone, and hardwood, go into the Carpenter’s Shop in Pelican Town and select the “Construct Farm Building” option. Robin the carpenter will give you the options to create or upgrade your farm buildings. Choose the “Upgrade Coop” option and you’ll be able to upgrade your basic coop into the Deluxe Coop by providing Robin with the required materials.

The Deluxe Coop requires a good amount of hardwood, which can be difficult to obtain early in the game. You’ll need an upgraded axe to chop down the hardwood trees in Cindersap Forest. It’s also possible to trade for and find hardwood from other sources around Stardew Valley. Focus on collecting it over time to eventually afford the Deluxe Coop upgrade.

Buying Dogs

dogs can be purchased from marnie's ranch for 1000g once the farmhouse is upgraded.

Dogs can be purchased from Marnie’s Ranch for 1,000g once you have upgraded your farmhouse to have a bedroom. Marnie’s shop is open from 9am to 4pm every day except Monday and Tuesday when it is closed.

To buy a dog, visit Marnie’s shop during open hours and interact with the dog bowl on the counter. Select the option to purchase an adult dog for 1,000g. Once purchased, your new dog will be waiting for you when you wake up the next morning in the farmhouse.

Make sure you have enough gold available before visiting Marnie’s shop. The only dog breeds available are the standard brown and white dogs. You cannot select specific dog breeds. After buying your first dog, you can purchase additional dogs for 500g each if you want more than one.




Dog Breeds

Stardew Valley offers players three different dog breeds to choose from when adopting a dog from Marnie’s Ranch. Each dog breed has its own unique personality and behaviors.

The Labrador Retriever is an energetic and playful breed. Labs are loyal companions that will happily greet you each morning and eagerly follow you around the farm. Their energetic personality makes them a great choice for an active player.

The Pug is a more laidback breed that prefers lounging around over working. They sleep often and tend to be lazy. But they are very affectionate and provide comforting companionship. Pugs are best for players who want a cuddly pet.

German Shepherds are intelligent working dogs. They will herd your farm animals and patrol the farm diligently. German Shepherds are obedient and protective. Choose this breed if you want a dog that will actively help out on the farm.

While all dogs in Stardew Valley provide friendship, different breeds suit different playstyles based on their unique personalities. So choose wisely to find the perfect canine companion for your farmer.

Caring for Dogs

Taking good care of your dog in Stardew Valley is essential for building friendship and receiving rewards. Here are some tips for properly caring for your pup:

caring for dogs in stardew valley involves feeding, petting, and walking them regularly.

Feeding your dog daily is important. Make sure to fill their water bowl inside the house and keep them well-fed with dog food purchased from Marnie’s Ranch. A happy, well-fed dog will reward you with items and friendship points. https://stardewvalley.fandom.com/wiki/Dog

Petting your dog often will raise their friendship level. You can pet dogs by approaching them and pressing the action button. The more you pet and talk to your dog, the more they’ll like you. Dogs want affection, so don’t ignore them!

Take your dog for regular walks around the Valley by having them follow you when you leave the farm. Walking your dog at least once per day keeps them fit and happy. Letting them socialize around town helps too. Bring them to town regularly to meet people!

With proper feeding, petting, and walks, your dog will thrive in the valley. Show them love and care, and they’ll reward you with helpful items and friendship.

Dog Rewards

One of the benefits of having a dog in Stardew Valley is that they can find useful items while outdoors on your farm. Dogs have a chance each morning to go outside on their own and search for items. The items they can find include:

  • Wild Horseradish
  • Common Mushroom
  • Winter Root
  • Crystal Fruit
  • Snow Yam
  • Crocus
  • Daffodil
  • Leek
  • Dandelion
  • Chicken Statue (rare)

Dogs can find items in any season, with higher chances during Spring. The quality of the dog (normal vs. trained) doesn’t affect what items they can find. Players just need to leave their door open at night and let their dogs roam outside in the morning. Any collected items will be waiting inside the house when the player wakes up.

Having a dog that finds items is a nice passive bonus in Stardew Valley. Just be sure to close the door at night if you don’t want your dog going outside. With an open door, dogs will randomly venture out and search each morning. This can be a useful source of hard-to-find items and ingredients.

dogs can find useful forage items to bring back if left outside overnight in stardew valley.

Multiplayer Considerations

In the multiplayer mode of Stardew Valley, caring for dogs becomes more complicated since multiple farmers share the same farm. Only the farm owner can purchase pet upgrades like the Deluxe Coop. However, all visiting farmers can pet, feed, and play with the dogs.

The best way to share dog responsibilities in multiplayer is to coordinate with other farmers. For example, one farmer could focus on letting dogs in and out of the coop, while another farmer makes sure to pet and feed them daily. Farmers should communicate about who will check on the dogs each day.

Some players recommend setting up a chest near the coop to hold food and treats for the dogs. This allows any farmer to quickly feed the pets without having to carry the items themselves.[1]

Installing mods like Stardew Valley Expanded can allow each farmer to adopt their own separate pets. But on the default multiplayer farm, farmers need to work together to keep their shared dogs happy and healthy.


Upgrading your dog’s pen in Stardew Valley can provide several benefits. By purchasing the Deluxe Dog House from Robin’s carpenter shop for 1,000g, your dog will have more room to move around and be happier. You can further upgrade to the Deluxe Coop for 5,000g to give your dog even more space. Having a upgraded pen keeps your dog safe, comfortable, and content.

To recap, you’ll need to gather the required resources of hardwood and stone for Robin to construct the upgrades. It’s a good investment for animal lovers in Stardew Valley. With a deluxe pen, your dog can thrive on the farm. Taking good care of your digital pet brings enjoyment and rewards to the gameplay. Give your dog the best home possible!

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