Finding The Perfect Dog Name For Your New Best Friend

When it comes to bringing a new dog into your life, there are a lot of decisions to make. Yes, you may already know what breed you want and whether or not you want to adopt a puppy or adult dog, but have you thought of a name for your dog?

Picking a name for your dog might come easy for some, but it can be a daunting task if you haven’t already thought about it yet. Choosing the perfect name that reflects your dog’s personality, stature, and overall vibe can be tough.

Here are a few things to consider as you decide on your dog’s name.

Know You Will Be Saying The Name–A Lot

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Some people opt for silly, ironic, or over-the-top names for their dog. This is totally fine, but before you name your dog something like “Gary Busey” or a profanity, remember that you will be saying your dog’s name out loud–frequently.

Be sure the name you pick is something you would feel fine saying in front of your parents, to a partner, in front of kids at the dog park, or to your vet as you describe your dog’s health.

Think Twice Before Naming Your Dog After A Fast-Fading Trend

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We live in a world where jokes and memes enter and exit the news cycle quicker than ever.

While you may think it is hilarious to name your dog after a brand new show, YouTuber, or other zeitgeist-y moment, your dog is going to be around longer than any trending topic on Twitter.

That isn’t to say you can’t name your dog after your favorite piece of pop culture. If you are a hardcore Star Trek fan and feel compelled to name your dog Spock, go for it!

Consider Your Dog’s Personality

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You know when you meet someone for the first time and their name just doesn’t… fit? It’s a hard feeling to describe, but it is real.

Fortunately for you, you get to pick your dog’s name, and you don’t have to do it within seconds of adopting your dog, either. If you are really stuck on a name for your dog, take some time to get to know your pup’s personality so you can give them a proper name.

You can check out some of the most popular dog names for inspiration, if you feel the need!

Keep The Name Somewhat Short

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Dogs’ names are a reflection of their personalities–and us!–but they also act as a cue. Keeping your dog’s name to one or two syllables makes it easier for your dog to understand that you are trying to get their attention so they can perform a command.

Experts also suggest that names should have something with “a sibilant consonant or blend (an “s,” “sh,” or “zh”) or, better still, a crisp, commanding consonant (a “k” or hard “c”). This helps your dog distinguish their name from ambient noises.

How did you decide to name your dog? Did you ever regret a name that you gave to a pup? Let us know in the comments below!

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