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How to choose a good dog name

Naming your dog

Naming your dog always seems as though it should be an easy process, until you actually try to do it. This is especially difficult if you aren’t terribly creative in that sort of thing.

Don’t worry, that’s exactly what this information will help you to do! The following are some extremely useful tips to help you to choose the very best name for your little pooch.

To begin with, you’ll need a pen and paper, because you’ll surprise yourself at how terrible your memory becomes when you’re trying to come up with great puppy names. Get your whole family involved in the process, and have everyone contribute opinions and ideas for the name. Once you’ve come up with some options, you can have a vote, have one person decide, or draw names from a hat at random, whatever works best for your family.

To come up with the names in the first place, use the following tips to assist you:

  • Pick a name that your dog will recognize; meaning that it shouldn’t be longer than one or two syllables.
  • Choose a dog name you’ll be comfortable calling. Remember, you need to be able to call your dog in public without feeling embarrassed. You’ll also be asked your dog’s name by friends and family, as well as making vet appointments.
  • Don’t use names that sound like or rhyme with the commands you’ll be using when training, such as No, Good, Stay, Sit, Down, Fetch, and Come. For example, No and Jo sound very similar, and your dog may struggle to tell the difference.
  • Watch your dog for a couple of days. Your puppy’s behavior can be great inspiration for his own name.
  • Remember that your dog’s name says a lot about you as well as your dog. People will make assumptions about your relationship with your dog when they hear the name. Therefore, you’ll want to choose a positive name so that they won’t be judgmental or fearful of your dog. Essentially, the name should bring the right image to mind.
  • Select a name that will be relevant even a few years down the road. Avoid things that your dog will outgrow.
  • Have fun choosing the name, and make sure it’s something you really like. Remember, you’ll be using that name for many years to come, and you’ll want to enjoy it and not have it bring on a shudder after the novelty wears off.

More good ideas to help you select the ideal name for your dog include:

  • Choosing a "people" name. Over 50% of pet dogs are named in the same way a family member would be named…after all, the dog is a family member!
  • Name your dog after appearance or personality traits, as in the case of 1/5th of all dog owners.
  • Use word association. For example, if you like classical music, the Mozart may be a great dog name.
  • Names ending in the "y" or "ie" sound are always fun and easy, so they should be given consideration if this appeals.
  • You can also get inspiration from pop culture such as television, movies, music, comic strips, books, and tons of other places.

Soon enough, you’ll discover that inspiration for dog names are all around you. It’s all a matter of making the final decision.

Remember that teaching your dog his name is also very important. Begin every command with your dog’s name, as well as using the name when praising, scolding, or addressing your dog in any other way. It won’t take too long before he or she picks up on the idea.

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