When you take home a new puppy or a well-deserved old dog, you should give it a name as soon as possible. Dogs are intelligent and quickly learn who is who and the name itself gives them a special place of dignity at home. Choosing a name for you dog is an individual trip, but many dog owners prefer to select names that are meaningful to themselves.
As you reflect on your collection of possible names, remember that a new puppy has a simplistic mind and can relate to a name of one or two syllables much more easily than a complicated title. It is not necessary to settle for Spot or Rover, but indulgent names can take your dog longer to know your identity and may embarrass you sometime when the dog’s name is called in the vet’s office. Although his bulldog looks like a “Sir Nottingham of Ghent”, he will certainly be grateful for something a bit simpler. Find a name that fits your dog’s face and personality without going overboard and you will quickly learn who you are. Also, for quick recognition, be sure to use your name every time you call and associate the name with positive activities like food and play time, never a fuss.
If you have several dogs, especially those of the same age, you may want to turn the vowels on and avoid a sound so similar that the names are confusing. King and Bing may look cute to their Bobsy Twins, but it can be difficult for animals to distinguish their own names. Each dog should have its own distinct name without the possibility of error or confusion with another animal. For those who are stuck in choosing a dog name there are very helpful websites like Tinky that will give you some good ideas.
When choosing a name for your dog, you may want to list all the possibilities drawn from your favorite things in life. Do you like classical music? Mozart and Chopin are at the top of the list. Be creative and select a name that has meaning and emotion for you. This little dog will be your constant companion for years to come and deserves a name worthy of your friendship.