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Need a few tips for naming your new puppy? He or she is just so cuddly and energetic there has to be the perfect name for the pup, but how do you select the right one? Today we will toss out a few tips to help with this task. When faced with coming up with the perfect name many people find their mind goes blank, so hopefully these tips for naming your new puppy will help you along and the little guy will be given a name that suits him to a T.
Our first tip is do not choose a name that is going to sound like the behavioral command the dog will be taught. Words like “stay, down, sit, here, fetch, heel, no, etc., are to be avoided. Using a name that sounds very similar to command words only confuses the puppy, and lengthens the behavior training time.
When naming your new puppy choose a name with one word and no more than two syllables if possible. These simple words are much easier for the pup to learn and associate with what he is expected to respond to during training. You want the puppy to recognize the word and respond when called.
Avoid selecting a name you would be embarrassed calling the dog in public. My cousin was given a puppy many years ago, and the all-white pup had a dark brown smear on his head when born. My cousin, in a moment of dumb inspiration, decided the smear looked like the pup had been born with feces on his head so he named the dog S**thead (The movie “The Jerk” had recently hit the theaters). Pretty embarrassing name to be calling out when you are in the local park playing toss with your dog wouldn’t you say? I know I was not pleased with his choice of names but you would have to know my cousin to understand.
Many times the best thing to do is wait a week or two and observe the new puppy. His personality and behavior will often give you the perfect name. If he is very willful and stubborn, you might like the name Rebel. For the puppy that is more of a snoopy, inquisitive type you may like something like Pokey.
Remember, once you name your pup this is the name he will have for life, so naming your new puppy with a name you enjoy saying and one suited to his personality is the best name possible.
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