So you brought your new puppy home, it’s time to name your new animal friend, but you have no ideas. Choosing a name for your dog can be difficult if you do not feel very creative, so here we give you an edge with the basics and some great ideas to help you choose the perfect name for your dog.
Three basic guidelines for the name of the dog:
1. Choose a name that your dog can easily recognize. Dogs usually respond best to one or two syllable names. If you want to get a long and dramatic name unusual, consider whether you can easily shorten it to something a little simpler for your dog to understand.
2. Avoid the names of dogs that sound like the standard No, Stay, Sit, Come, Down or Fetch commands. For example, “Joe” is probably very close to “No”. It may be difficult for dogs to distinguish the difference between words that look similar.
3. Choose a name that is easy to call and one that has pleasure in calling. Remember, sometimes you will call your dog’s name in public places and shout “Parsnip” at the local park can make you feel ashamed. You’ll also want a name that works well when you force your voice to call your pet while it disappears at sunset behind a rabbit!
Looking for dog name inspiration:
Start with the obvious. Take a long look at your new friend, he may be saying his name without you knowing. Look at your appearance, behavior, personality and mood. Names such as Spot or Red may come to mind. How about Bandit for a dog that steals things or Rebel for a stubborn dog?
Then look for inspiration elsewhere. You can name your dog as another famous dog, for example, Pluto, Pongo, Lassie or Digby. And your favorite star of sports, movies, music or comics?
How about picking a dog name after a member of your family or friend of a figure in history like Napoleon, Alexander the Great or Rasputin? Take a look at your surroundings or think of your favorite place, they will give you more ideas.
Remember, the name of the dog you choose for your dog says as much about you as about your pet. Show how you see your dog and his relationship with him. But other people may judge the character of your dog by reference to its name and therefore may react negatively or fearfully to a “dominant” name upon finding it. It is a good idea to use a dog name that conveys the image you want your pet to have.
Also, choose a name that grows with the pet. For example, “Tiny” may be less appropriate for an adult dog. You can also browse online websites – click here for cool dog name ideas.
Whichever method you choose, have fun doing it and choose a name you want to keep.
Teaching Your Dog Your Name:
Choose a dog name that you like and keep it. Use your pet’s name consistently as part of your dog training routine. It can be confusing for your dog if you keep changing your mind. Your dog will learn your new name quickly if you use it frequently. When you call your pet, use his or her name. Do not say “here puppy”. Calling your pet by name will help you become familiar with her and her voice as well.
If you choose a long name, consider the abbreviated version. A long name will inevitably shorten, but it can ruin the effect you were originally looking for.
Especially have fun and choose a name that you really like. Undoubtedly, your puppy will become your best friend and only you can find the correct name.