Written by: Catherine Joslin
The first thing most people think about when they get a new dog is what they’re going to call it, if it doesn’t have a name already. And we’ve heard them all. The exercise of naming your dog offers up so many options, and possibilities run the gamut from something simple like Gus or Bear to more unusual names like Whiskey or Gatsby.
It turns out that more than half of all pet names are either human names or nicknames, with people routinely calling their beloved pet something they’d name themselves. And about a fifth of pet names describe some sort of physical trait of the animal: Blackie or Mittens, for example.
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With thousands of names to choose from, how do you find the perfect one? Here are a few useful dog naming tips to get you started:
- Animals respond best to names with one or two syllables, so pick a name that’s short and sweet.
- Resist names that seem humorous at home but will embarrass you in public.
- Choose a name that does not mimic the sound of a standard dog command, for example, No! or Stay!
- Avoid a long name that does not shorten easily to a nickname.
- Take some time to observe your dog and think about what most fits his personality before you choose a name.
How did you name your dog? Did you give him a human name, or something whimsical? Is his name significant or meaningful to you? Or do you simply call him something that fits his personality? We’d love to hear your dog naming story in the comments below.