My sister and I used to make fun of my brother because every time he got a pet, he gave it the most boring name. An orange tiger cat was named Tiger. A fluffy dog was named Fluffy. You see what I mean. He just didn’t put a lot of creative thinking into the names he gave his pets.
To me, a name is very important. I thought about my most recent puppy’s name for weeks before finally making a decision. I bounced back and forth between a few different names before deciding on Georgie Mae. She’s named after my grandmother, and I really love it. It holds a lot of meaning for my entire family.
Now I firmly believe that a person should name their dog whatever they like and if that’s something dull and boring like Spot or Fido, then so be it. You do you. But if you want something a little more creative, a name that your dog will be proud to carry for all of its 12-15 years, I strongly recommend giving some thought before deciding on a name.
The Internet is an amazing place for finding information and statistics, so if you’re looking for a meaningful name for your new dog, sit down at your computer and start surfing. You’ll find lots of lists of the top male dog names and the top female dog names, and you can choose from one of these lists or you can let their suggestions feed your creative spirit.
5 Tips For Naming Your Dog
When choosing your new dog’s name, keep these tips in mind:
- Choose a name that’s easy to pronounce and will be easily understood by the dog;
- Avoid names that sound like basic dog commands. For example, the name Shay sounds a lot like “stay”. You want to stay away from that;
- Think about nicknames. Longer names will inevitably turn into shorter ones. We always called our Sophie Soph for short;
- Stay away from names that sound like someone already living in your home. I didn’t think about this when I named Georgie. My son’s name is Jordan, and we often call him Jordy. You won’t believe how many times I’ve been calling for Georgie and my son thought I wanted him;
- Consider breed heritage. Maybe give a Dachshund a cute German name like Hildy, or you might call a Corgi by a Welsh name.
If your dog has a name given to her by a previous owner or shelter, you can help her transition to a new name through some very basic training.
Begin by saying your dog’s new name, immediately followed by her old name. When she focuses on you, reward her. Repeat this exercise until she focuses on you consistently. Then drop the old name and begin using on the new name. Every time she responds to her new name, reward her.
No matter what name you end up giving your dog, make sure it’s one you love and enjoying saying. Imagine that you’re playing ball in the park; you won’t want to have to call out an embarrassing name. You’ll also want to avoid naming your dog something that others may find offensive or embarrassing. Yes it’s a free country, but be considerate not only to others but to yourself and your dog when choosing a name.
How did you choose your dog’s name? I’d love to hear all about it in a comment below.