The Perfect Name
by Richard Cussons
So you've brought home your new puppy, it's time to
name your new animal friend but you're running short on ideas. Choosing a name for your dog can be hard if you aren't feeling
very creative, so here we give you a head start with the basics and some great ideas to help you choose the perfect name for
Three Basic Dog Name Guidelines
1. Pick a name your dog can easily
recognize. Dogs usually respond better to one or two syllable names. If you do want to go for a dramatic and unusual long
name, consider whether you can easily shorten it to something a bit simpler for your dog to understand.
2. Avoid dog names that sound like
the standard commands of No, Stay, Sit, Come, Down or Fetch. For example "Joe" is probably too close to "No". It can be difficult
for dogs to tell the difference between similar sounding words.
3. Choose a name that's both easy to
call out and one that you are happy calling out. Remember, you will be calling your dog's name out in public places at times
and shouting out "Parsnip" in the local park, may leave you feeling a little embarrassed! You also want a name that will work
well when you are straining your voice to call your pet as he disappears into the sunset chasing after a rabbit!
Looking For Dog Name Inspiration
Start with the obvious. Take a long hard look at your new little
friend he may be telling you his name without you knowing. Look at his appearance, behavior, personality, and disposition.
Names like Spot or Red may come to mind. How about Bandit for a dog who steals things or Rebel for a stubborn dog?
Then look elsewhere for inspiration. You can name your dog after
another famous dog, for example Pluto, Pongo, Lassie or Digby. What about your favourite sports, movie, music or comic strip
How about choosing a dog name after a member of your family or
friend of a figure from history like Napoleon, Alexander the Great or Rasputin? Take a look at your environment or think about
your favourite place they will give you more ideas.
Remember, the dog name you choose for your puppy says as much
about you as it does about your pet. It shows how you view your dog and your relationship with him. But other people may judge
your dog's character by reference to its name and might therefore react negatively or fearfully to a 'dominating' name when
meeting it. It is a good idea to use a dog name that conveys the image you want your pet to have.
Also, pick a name that will grow with the pet. For example "Tiny"
may be less appropriate for a full-grown dog.
Whichever method you choose, have a good time doing it and choose
a name that you will want to keep.
Teaching Your Puppy Its Name
Pick a dog name that pleases you and stick to it. It can be confusing
for your puppy if you keep changing your mind. Your dog will learn his or her new name quickly if you use it often. When you
call your pet, use his name. Do not say "here puppy". Calling your pet by his name will help him to become familiar with it
and with your voice as well.
If choosing a long name keep in mind the shortened version. A
long name will inevitably be shortened, but it may ruin the effect that you were originally looking for.
Above all have fun and choose a name you really like. Your puppy
will undoubtedly become your best friend and only you can find just the right name.