So you’re planning on adding a new dog to your family? Congratulations! After stocking up on pet supplies, one of the first things you will want to do to start your relationship off right is to choose an appropriate name for your new dog. Since you will repeat that name thousands of times over your dog’s lifetime, it is important to choose a name that’s pleasing to you. Be sure to select a name that is not embarrassing to call in public, or when you go to the veterinarian.
If you adopted your dog from a shelter, don’t worry about changing his or her name. Unlike humans, pets don’t have any attachment to their name, and will quickly learn to respond to the new name you have chosen. If your dog’s name is pleasing to you, you will say it with a smile in your voice that your dog will respond to. When your dog does respond to his or her name, provide lots of positive reinforcement such as praise, playtime or treats.
Use your imagination and have fun selecting your dog’s name. Remember that one or two syllable names are usually best as they’re easier for your dog to recognize and respond to. To avoid confusing your dog, try to select a name that does not rhyme with or sound similar to any command you plan to teach your dog (for example: Beau/No, Faye/Stay, Kit/Sit).
Many people name their dog after a physical trait or behavioral characteristic, but feel free to be as creative as you choose. You can find lots of lists of suggestions for dog names online. If you prefer “human” names, you can even browse through a book of baby names. Once you have selected a name, live with it for a few days to see how it sounds and feels before you make it official.
With a little thought, you’ll be sure to come up with a name that you and your dog will be proud of.
How did you choose your dog’s name?