Choosing Dog Names

How to pick the perfect dog name for your new dog

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Rufus, Pickles or Max?

Choosing dog names is a lot of fun, but it can also be a challenge. The most important thing to remember is to pick a dog name that you like, and that also suits your dog. With this in mind, we’ve put together a few dog naming tips to help inspire you and help keep you on the right track:

1) Choose a dog name you can imagine saying dozens of times each day.

2) Keep it simple. Two-syllable dog names are easiest to call out and for your dog to understand. If you really want a long name like Sergeant Pepper Paws, make sure it can be shortened to something like “Serge” or “Pepper” for every day use.

3) Avoid dog names that sound like commands. You won’t want to confuse your dog!

4) Don’t choose a name that you will be embarrassed to call out in public. I named one of my first childhood pets, a calico cat, “Chocolate Fart Bum”. Her name was immediately changed to “Chocky” when my mother took her for her first visit to the vet!

5) Let your imagination run wild. Dog names can be witty, famous, regal, related to your hobbies…whatever appeals to you.

6) Let your dog’s appearance inspire you. When you first get a new dog, it may take you a while to get to know its true personality, and as it grows, its behavior may change. Your dog’s appearance, on the other hand, is much more likely to stay constant.

7) Use your dog’s breed for inspiration. For example, choose a French name for your Poodle or a Scottish name for your Terrier.

8) Be respectful – don’t pick names that will demean your dog.

If you use these dog naming guidelines, chances are you won’t go wrong. And if you do…don’t worry, you won’t be the first person in history to change their pet’s name. I should know!

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