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Hundreds of names for dogs can be found on sites like ours, but choosing the right one should be given a lot of prior thought so you don’t find out at a later time that you and you pup regret your choice.
This page is dedicated to helping you avoid such mistakes, and helping your pooch avoid having to go thru a mid-life name change.
It’s been estimated that your pups name will be used over 30,000
times over the course of his lifetime, and that 1 in 5 owners will want
to change their pups title in the first year. That’s a lot on both
counts, so here’s a few tips when coming up with names for dogs to keep
in mind in advance…
Here's A Few Tips When Naming Your Pup
1. Be careful not to choose one that sounds like a friends or family members, You might think Sarah is a great choice, but your Aunt Sarah might not. If you choose to call your pup after someone you know, be sure to ask them first.
2. Be careful not to call your pal something that rhymes with anything negative, or might cause it to be made fun of. We can see “Muscles” on a Pit Bull, but not “Cinderfella”.
3. Keep your choice to one or two syllables as it makes it easier and less confusing for your pooch when training it.
4. Don’t give a name that sounds like a training command. Even though “Kit” sounds like a good pick, but sounds too much like “sit”. The name Joe can sound an awful lot like “no” to your puppy.
5. Consider a title that celebrates your dogs origin, color or personality. Coco for a brown pup, Espresso for an energetic one. How about Peanut for a small breed, or Pedro for a Chihuahua whose nationality is from Mexico.
6. Should you call your pup after a current trend, remember that it might not be so popular 10 years from now. Twilight is a popular TV and movie series and would make a good choice for a dark colored pup if you’re a fan, but will the series be as popular in 10 years? Disco would have made an interesting name around 30 years ago, but today? We don’t think so.
7. As cute as your pup might be today, remember that some breeds grow into big dogs as they mature, so giving your Mastiff the title “Peewee” might fit today, but not as well 3 years from now.
8. Still having difficulty coming up with ideas? Think a bit out of the names for dogs box by coming up with something relating to your own interests. Are you a sports fan? How about DiMaggio if you like baseball, or Pele if you like soccer. Like movies or music? How about Harlow, or Gable, or Jazz for a name?
9. Finally, we always recommend that new owners come up with a list of ten of their favorite names for puppies, then ask family members to vote on their top five choices. Once the votes are in, run these choices past your pup to see which ones he/she responds best to, and stick with that one.
We know your pal will appreciate your asking it’s opinion, after all, it’s going to be the one hearing it called 30,000 times!
For Additional Reading...
Dog Names And Meanings: Many owners will give their pals specific titles for interesting reasons.
Learning these fascinating reasons might help you to look at naming
your own pooch in a different light.