Coming up with the perfect name for your dog can be a bit challenging and overwhelming to say the least. With so many thousands of names to choose from how do you narrow it down? Here are 9 tips that can help you choose the perfect name for your pet.
1. According to some experts, when a dog’s name ends in a vowel it is often easier for them to differentiate between their name and a command.
2. Make sure their name doesn’t sound too similar to any command or a name that sounds similar to someone else’s name in the household or another pet’s name. Dogs can become confused when words start sounding all the same to them.
3. Keep the name to one or two syllables at the most. Short names are easier for your dog to learn than a long, fancy, multiple syllable names.
4. If you don’t know where to start with choosing a name for your dog you could perhaps pick out your pet’s name based on their personality or their looks. For example a chocolate brown dog might be named Coco. You might need a couple of days to figure out your dog’s unique personality but once you see who they are it might be easier to match a name to their personality.
5. Pick a name that matches with the breed. Generally the smaller the pet the more cute you can get with the name. Naming a Rottweiler Tinkerbell might not be such a great match.
6. Is it embarrassing to say out loud in public? If so, you might want to re-think the name.
7. If you adopt a pet, many experts feel it’s more compassionate and helpful to the pet to keep the name it is used to. Pets may not be accepting of a new name. But you can see how your pet responds to a new name and use your best judgment with this. If they are fine with it and you don’t like the name their previous owner gave them it can work to re-name them. Every situation is unique. But never force a new name on them if they resist being called a new name.
8. Try online name generators. Sometimes they can come up with unique dog names you could never have thought of on your own. They may give you some good ideas.
9. Try asking your dog what it wants to be named. See the article: Do Pets Want to Choose Their Own Names?
Check out this cool dog names database with over 6000 dog names and their meanings!
Here’s a video showing how to teach your dog his new name