Congratulations on the arrival of a new puppy in the house! It is a pleasure to watch puppies grow and witness their playful innocent moments, isn’t it? But what would you call the new puppy? You can’t keep calling them “puppy” forever right! So, you have to name the puppy as soon as possible. Moreover, it is easier for them to identify with a name when they are young rather than after they grow up. Let us help you out with naming your puppy.
Understand your puppy’s temperament
It is incredibly imperative to understand your puppy’s temperament before naming them. The name has to reflect your dog’s temperament. Frankly, it is not always easy to name a puppy and to get a response from them when you call them from that name. Don’t forget that the goal to name a puppy is to get your puppy to respond to that name promptly.
You have to keep in mind that the name is the key to communicating with your puppy. The name should invoke an instant response from the puppy. If the name rhymes or sounds similar to someone else or words that you frequently use, it can cause confusion in your puppy’s mind. Mostly people prefer to choose a name that matches with the dog’s temperament and personality. The name should hold a meaning for you and your puppy.
Shakespeare once said – What’s in a name?
Well, if you ask us, a name actually represents individuality and is quite important. People usually give a human name to their dog, thinking that it makes them a part of their family. But this is not appropriate and can backfire at many occasions. Human names can sometimes be confusing and they may not understand why they are being called by a name that sounds similar to someone else.
Dogs don’t understand names like we do
We are not saying that dogs are dumb but the intelligence in dogs is somewhat similar to a 3 year old child. They have their limitations. They can’t understand the meaning behind a name or the significance of it, but they understand the sound and the way it is being spoken. Dogs respond to a particular wavelength of sound that accompanies a name. You can understand this well when you try to train your dog with basic commands like “Sit, Shake, fetch” etc. They pick up on the sound of the words and the gestures that go along with those commands.
A rhythm is important
You need to choose a name that has some kind of rhythm attached to it and is easier for the dog to pick up. You can choose a few dog names and try whispering them to their ears. If the puppy responds to any of the names then you have got a winner! Keep in mind that a dog responds quickly to those people who they feel very close to. So a name coming from a person, with whom the puppy has an affinity with, has more chances of being picked up by the puppy.
Most dog trainers suggest keeping dog names short, consisting not more than two syllables. For example: Bruno, Mongo, Rocky, Tammy etc. The name should be easy to pronounce by humans and easier to understand for dogs.
We hope our insights on naming a dog will help you choose a name for your dog. You can also research for some cute dog names and interesting puppy names on the internet. Here are a few of our favorites:
Female Dog Names
Male Dog Names
Feel free to share some puppy name ideas with us in the comments below!