Choosing a name for your new puppy is one of the very first decisions you are ever going to make as you bring your new four-legged friend home. Picking the right name for your dog can sometimes be quite difficult or overwhelming as it usually leaves dog owners wondering, “Where do I start?”
You wouldn’t want to call out a ridiculous name across the dog park for the next decade, would you? “Butthead” may kind of sound cute among your buddies, but it might not go over well at the vet’s clinic or in the dog park, right?
To help you out in deciding the name that best fits your new puppy, try considering the factors below:
- Whether you like it or not, you will be using the name of your dog in public. Make sure that it sounds fine anywhere you go. Also, selecting a name that is exceedingly common would possibly mean seeing your pet run towards someone else or getting someone else’s dog to run to you.
- If you have children, let them be part of the decision process. Kids prefer simple names for the new pet. If naming your German Shepherd “Bailey” works well for them, then just keep your favorite fancy puppy name only for AKC purposes.
- Remember to ask before making use of a friend or a family member’s name. You may initially think you are paying tribute if you name your new puppy after your favorite Uncle Joe. Expect the possibility that he may not take it as a compliment, but rather, a form of disrespect.
- Be extra careful when you change an older dog’s name. If you must, stick with similar name sounds such as “Farley” to “Barney”. Because it is easier for a dog to readily pick up on vowels, it is essential that you retain the vowel sounds as it is than the consonants. This means that “Pikey” will be acceptable for “Mikey”, but not “Pokey” for “Picky”.
- Perform a test run. Once you have selected a name, try it out for a couple of days. You will know right away whether the name you just picked is a keeper.
- Provide your puppy plenty of hugs as well as positive reinforcement such as treats whenever he responds to his new name. You will see how quickly he will learn what his name is.
- If you intend to obedience-train your puppy, never give him a name that sounds similarly to a directive. For instance, the name “Kit” can be confusing with the “Sit” command.
- Finally, give your new dog or puppy a name with only one or two syllables so it will be easier for him to remember it.
Top 20 Names for Female Dogs
Molly, Bella, Lucy, Maggie, Daisy, Sadie, Chloe, Sophie, Bailey, Zoe, Lola, Abby, Ginger, Roxy, Gracie, Coco, Sasha, Angel, Lily, and Princess
Top 20 Names for Male Dogs
Max, Buddy, Jake, Bailey, Rocky, Charlie, Jack, Toby, Cody, Buster, Duke, Cooper, Harley, Riley, Bear, Murphy, Lucky, Tucker, Sam, and Oliver
Breakout Names – It’s not surprising, many people name their dogs after popular celebrities or pop culture icons of the moment. Check out this list of names on the rise:
Honey Boo Boo (of reality TV fame), Bentley (the name of the baby on Teen Mom), Nala (a character from Lion King), and Lupo (the name that the Duchess of Cambridge gave her puppy). What other breakout names have you been hearing a lot of lately?