On every Fallout 1 play-through I do, Dogmeat usually ends up getting either smashed to bloody bits by a deathclaw or ripped apart by a mini gun wielding super mutant whenever I try to cross the desert to the Master's lair. The farthest I got with Dogmeat surviving was in the Lieutenant's place, but even then he still manages to commit suicide in the most brutal way by running into a horde of super mutants with grenade launchers and flamethrowers. Is the bot controlling him supposed to be incompetent? I know there really is no reward for reaching the end with him, but it just feels wrong to let him die so horribly.
3"Is the bot controlling him supposed to be incompetent?" I don't think they call him "Dogmeat" because of his brilliant tactical prowess...– Steve-OSep 12, 2017 at 13:28
With the information coming from the wiki itself, there are no rewards for keeping him alive. However, you can keep him alive through all those mutants (in what I assume is the following segment, I have not played the game myself):
In the Vault Dweller's memoirs, it is disclosed that Dogmeat died in the Mariposa Military Base after running into a force field (although in the game, it is possible to survive the military base with Dogmeat alive - usually by sealing him inside different rooms to protect him from the super mutants).