Naming a Pup More Difficult Than You May Think

Choosing a moniker for your new pup can be one of the most fun and enjoyable parts of welcoming him into the family. But, before you sign that “birth certificate,” there are a few considerations you should take into account. Make sure to follow these tips prior to making that all-important final decision.

Practice Calling His Name…A Lot
As you’ll figure out quickly, especially in the training phase, you’ll be saying your pup’s name frequently and loudly over and over again. So, pick a name that not only will you not get sick of, but also that has a nice ring and sounds pleasant out loud.

Avoid Names that Mimic Simple Commands
By picking a name like “Joe” or “Kit,” your pup may be confused when hearing commands like “No” or “Sit.” It’s better to choose a name that sounds very different from other words you’ll be using frequently.

Consider Veering Away from The Most Popular Names
Imagine how many dogs are named Max, Buddy and Lucy at the park or even in your neighborhood. Your vet or groomer likely has several clients with these names. Avoid misunderstandings, scuffles and potential mistakes by choosing something unique to your pup that he will identify as his name quickly and consistently.

Stick To One or Two Syllables
It’s best to choose a short name that’s easy to say and hear, so your dog understands and responds to it quickly. A long name can blend with ambient noise. Plus, with long names or a first and middle name, the owner tends to shorten it with a nickname when it’s convenient, causing potential confusion for your pooch.

If You’re Stumped, Draw from Visual Inspiration
Can’t decide on a name? Has everyone in your circle weighed in with different opinions? If so, a good place to start is to take a long, hard look at your pooch and think about what makes her uniquely her. Is she a Schnauzer with a salt and pepper colored coat? Call her Pepper! Is he white with black spots on his legs making him look like he’s always wearing shoes? Go with Boots!

Still Can’t Decide? Pay Homage to Family Tree
Perhaps there was a dog in your family who passed away and you want to honor him with a variation of that name. If your former pooch was Princess, why not go with Duchess? Or if your puppy’s sire was named Cooper, why not go with the initials “CJ” for Cooper, Junior?

What’s In a Name Anyway?
If all of these rules have you more confused than ever, don’t worry. Many experts say effective communication with your dog has little to do with their name, and everything to do with the owner’s tone, energy and consistency.