Names for Dogs: the Best Name for your New Best Friend!

names for dogsNaming your dog can be just as stressful as naming your child.  After all, most pets end up becoming a part of the family quickly.  So, how do you come up with the perfect name for your dog?  Often times, you will be introduced to a pet that will either A) look nothing like their name, or B) just be embarrassing (think: Cuddily Snuggily or Stormey Warmey).  To keep your dog from incessantly blushing under their fur, we are going to give you some tips and tricks onto how to come up with the perfect name for your dog!  Set your leash down, put on your creative cap, and let’s get to it!

Simplicity is Key

Unless you want something complete unique and rare, here are some ways to keep the naming process quick and simple:

  1. Short and sweet:  Remember that your dog is going to have to recognize their name as well, and dogs generally have a better time remembering names that are kept to one or two syllables.  Even if you do pick a longer name for your dog, it will be easier to call him or her by a shorter nickname, since you probably will be calling it out rather often.
  2. High sounds:  If you have had a pet before, you will notice that they give more attention and response to high pitched sounds.  Therefore, consider names that start with “s”, “sh”, “ch”, or “k”, for instance.
  3. Pick names that are not words that you expect to say often to your dog.  For instance, if you name your dog “Sit”, you are bound to run into some trouble and confusion at one point or another.
  4. Age:  Consider the age of your dog when you are naming it.  If you are adopting or picking up an older dog, you should consider sticking with its original name.  If you must change it, then choose something that sounds similar to its old name.

Where to Get Your Ideas

If you are having a time coming up with something to suit your new furry friend, here are some tips on how and where to look for good ideas:

  • Within the breed:  What country did your dog come from, or where did its breed originate?  Use their country of origin to help come up with a fun name for your dog.  For instance, if they came from Belgium, consider naming them “Waffle”!
  • Fictional characters:  You have got to hand it to authors for being able to come up with so many great names for their characters.  It is always fun to look towards your favorite fictional characters from books or movies when considering a name for your dog.  Also, take consideration of your dog’s personality.  Which fictional character do they remind you of?
  • Famous people:  We do not necessarily mean actors or actresses (because Brad Pitt might seem a little strange for a dog), but consider some of history’s greats when naming your pet.  Consider great rulers, poets, musicians, writers, and people who you find inspirational.
  • Places or things:  Think about things that you love, such as the beach, the sky, or a certain location and the components that it is made up of.  Then, consider your dog’s personality.  Do they remind you of a Starfish, the Milky Way, or maybe even a Storm?  People also love to name their pets after food, so you can consider this as an option as well.
  • Personality:  As we mentioned before, knowing your dog’s personality is a great way to help you choose a name that you feel is appropriate.  Consider his or her: quirks, fears, favorite activities, favorite foods, good qualities, bad qualities, and energy to help you pick out a name.

Things to Consider

When choosing a name for a dog, you might get some preoccupied with the process that you forget other factors.  Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • You will be saying your dog’s name in public, so keep that in mind when choosing a name for your pet.  Anything too vulgar or inappropriate might not go over well at the park or doggy playground.  Also, try to be creative.  If you choose a dog name that is too popular, there is the chance that when you are out in public you will meet other dogs with the same name.
  • If you have a friend or family member with the same name that you want to give to your new dog, ask them first before putting a stamp on it, as they could find the connection less than flattering.
  • Have a test run for your dog’s new name.  If for some reason you feel that it does not slide off your tongue the way you thought it would, feel free to try something different.
  • Reward your dog every time they respond to their name, and soon they will come running when they hear their new name.  This is rewarding for you as an owner!

Most Popular Dog Names

With popular dog names, you can either chose to love them or stay away from them, depending on if you want to hop on the bandwagon or drive your own car.  We are going to give you a list of the 5 most popular dog names for female and male dogs just to give you an idea of what dog names people gravitate towards:

Most popular male dog names:

  • Max
  • Buddy
  • Jake
  • Charlie
  • Bailey

Most popular female dog names:

  • Bella
  • Daisy
  • Molly
  • Lucy
  • Maggie

Naming Success!

Now that you are all equipped with the tools you need to pick out a name for your new addition, start brainstorming and get ready to pick out the best name for your new best friend!  As always, Udemy has some wonderful online courses that you can choose from to help you and your dog thrive in a positive and happy environment!