How to name a Dog – How to pick a Dog name

Choose a one to two syllable name that you really like. You try the new name for a few days and see your dog’s reaction.

Finding the right name for your dog or puppy can be difficult. There are thousands of potential dog names out there. Take a moment to narrow down your options.

Choose short, sweet, and recognizable names that work best in getting your dog to react quickly. Use a name that has one or two syllables, ending with a vowel, such as “Max” or “Charlie”. You should not choose a name that is too long or difficult to say.

How to name a Dog

1) Choose a Name That Ends With a Vowel.

Names with vowels change the tone when you call your dog. Because dogs distinguish the frequency bands on a much higher level than we do.

2) Stick With Two Syllables

You should avoid choosing long names. Short names will help your dog recognize and remember his name better.

3) Don’t Pick One  That Might Get Confused With Commands

Consider the commands you will give your dog often: Sit, Watch Me, Down, Stay, Wait, Come, Off, Drop It…

how to name your dog
How to name your dog

4) Choose A Name That’s Unlike Your Other Pets

Make sure your pet’s name is not the same if you have more than one dog.

5) Perform The “Nickname Test”

If you choose a name – especially a longer one – try coming up with lots of nicknames to see if one is easy to say, sounds like the full name, and is cute.

6) Think Of Your Dog’s Personality.

Aside from looks, personality is a huge indicator of what you might want to name your dog.

7) Choose a Name And Stick With It 

Once you choose a name, you should not ignore it. Within the first two months, you should name them.

8) Choose a name you really like. 

You will be using it all the time, so you should enjoy its sound.

how to pick a dog name
How to pick a dog name

9) Don’t give your dog a name that would be offensive or embarrassed by others.

This includes racial or cultural obscenity, general insults, harsh slang terms, and anything that has a curse word.

10) Avoid changing the adult dog’s name if he already knows it.

If you must change the name, choose a similar name. “Bailey” can be changed to “Hailey”.

To help the puppy distinguish its name from background noise, choose something with a special consonant or a blend (“s,” “sh” or “zh”) or better yet, a consonant ordered, clearly (a “K” or hard “c”).

Experts also suggest picking a name that starts with a hard/stop consonant, as it’s easier to grab your pup’s attention with a stop consonant.

Go look for something unique: While names like Bailey, Lucy or Max are absolutely adorable, they are also very popular. It can lead to confusion at a dog park or even confusion. Try naming your dog something as original as Her Personality.

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Henry Mark

Mark is Editor at covering Information about breeds, naming dogs. He's a graduate in veterinary medicine at the agricultural academy.