Little Known Unique Ways to Name Your Puppy (You Heard Them Here First!)

Little Known Unique Ways to Name Your Puppy (You Heard Them Here First!)

Getting a puppy can be one of the most exciting a joyous occasions in life, and some people have names they have dreamt for their dogs for years. However, dog owners new and old should make sure to name their pooches something that will make an impression on them easily, that they will know as unique to them, and that the owner will be able to use to have firm but friendly control over their animal. Dogs don’t know that their name is a name. It is a word that is repeated and carries meaning when they realize when their owner says it, they are referring to them or giving them something/asking them to do something. This name is something that the animal will keep with them the rest of their life, and it should be one that is positive in both denotation and connotation, and that the pet will take a liking to. It should also be easy for the dog to recognize and the owner to remember and tell others. We have compiled some of our favorite ways to name dogs that will be beneficial to both you and them here, give them a try if you are planning on welcoming a new puppy into your family anytime soon!

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What type of name will my dog respond to the best?

Dogs respond the best to short names, and usually ones with 2 syllables and hard consonant sounds are the best at getting and keeping their attention. They are positive enough to get the dog excited when you need to get their attention, but when the pooch is in trouble, you can accent the consonant sounds to let them know that you are displeased with their behavior.

Don’t overuse it.

When you call your dog its name too much, it will cause dissociation with that sound and syllable pattern for the dog. It will lose meaning, and the dog will not listen or heed your calls when you try to give it a command or get its attention. Try to use your dog’s name with a purpose. Use it when you need its attention, when you are giving it a command, praising it, or punishing it. Otherwise, the dog will create a separation between itself and the importance of its name if it is heard too much.

Pick one everyone likes.

Pick a name that everyone in the dog’s immediate family likes, so that they will consistently refer to it as such and defer from creating other inappropriate names and nicknames for it. If the dog is called too many different names by too many different people, it will become confusing for the animal and it won’t know which name to respond to. This will create difficulty and discomfort for the dog and confusion for both it and its owner.

Pick one appropriate for both young and old age.

You don’t want to be calling your dog “baby” or “puppy” when it is 12 or 13 years old. Choose a dog name that will remain young and spunky as long as the dog, but still has enough character and charisma for a dog with a few years under its collar. Make sure it fits the dog’s personality when it is young, but that it is also a name that it can grow into and keep appropriate when it is older than just a little squirt.

More than one dog? Choose compatible names.

Choose names that go well together and make sense as pair or triple, etc. However, although the names should match, they should not confuse the dogs or prevent them from knowing that they are being spoken to or commanded. It will be tough on you and on the animals! If the names are too similar, the dogs will confuse them, and you! Make sure there can be a distinction between them, but the dogs should still be able to find comfort in having another dog best friend around. They shouldn’t confuse it for themselves, though!

Don’t pick a popular name.

Choosing an animal name that a lot of other dogs at dog parks or dogs in the community could have could be very confusing and stressful for your animal. If you are at the park and your dog hears you calling it by its name, but also hears three other owners calling their dogs by their names, which happens to be the same as theirs, your dog is going to be very upset and confused. It will not know how to behave or act and it will create dissociation with its name.

Try not to change the name of an adopted dog.

If you adopt a dog and you don’t like its name, try the best you can to see the good of the situation and don’t change it! It will confuse the dog. Especially if the dog went through a traumatic time before it came into your ownership, it can be an uncomfortable and unsettling change for them. Try to stick with the familiarity of the name they already know!

Don’t wait too long to name it.

Try to name your dog within the first two months of owning it. A young puppy learns best when young. It will make it easier for them to remember their name if they hear it as young as possible. And, once they learn it, they will know it forever! If you don’t name it right away and it gets too used to nicknames, it may become very difficult or nearly impossible to name it permanently in the long run.

You should not name it after a human without asking.

Some people could potentially take offense to a dog being named after them. They could perceive it as disrespectful or rude, but, it all depends on the person! Some could see being named after a dog as a negative thing, while others could see it as an honor. If you’re thinking of naming your new dog after someone you know, make sure you run it by them first to make sure that its okay with them!

Choose a friendly name that is not offensive.

If a fellow dog-owner at the park hears that your dog’s name is “Killer”, it will probably make them less willing to allow their dog to make friends with your dog. Make sure you use a personable and friendly name that is easy for you to remember and utilize, and that will not deter other dog owners from allowing their pets to associate with yours!

Did we miss any of your favorite and most useful tips? Tell us about them, how they work, and how successful they are in the comments. Happy dog naming!

 

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