Naming your dog can be one of the most fun, yet sometimes hard, things to do for your pooch. You must know that this would play a crucial part with how your dog will respond to your command. But did you know that there is actually a science behind naming your dog? Find out here how you can come up with the best puppy names for boys and girls that are best for your dog.
Two-syllable names are easier to be recognized and remembered
Experts found on their research that some dog names are really better than the others. However, dogs do not really have a concept of name. Instead, they recognize it as a word of command, which will only have a meaning after you train them. The research showed that it is best to give your dog two-syllable names with hard and distinct consonant sounds as dogs respond to these kinds of names or words best. Names consist of three syllables or more are harder to comprehend and be recognized by your dog.
Once you have a name for your dog, make sure you use it carefully
While dogs can be very adaptive and can recognize the sound of the name you assign to him, you must use the name sparingly. This is because once you overuse the name, your dog will be disassociated with it and worse, just ignore the name completely. Also, make sure to state his name first before giving a command so they will now that the command is directed towards him. For example “Baba, sit.”
Pick a good pet name your family would also like
You are not the only one that will be addressing your dog in the future so make sure that you choose a name that suits your family and your friend’s taste as well. Pick a name that you want to say repeatedly. Remember, you will have to call your dog the same name over and over again during the first days or during his training.
Give the name a try for a few days as trial
You might want to give your new pet name a try just to test the waters before sticking into it. There are instances in which you might find out that the name you gave your pet does not fit his characteristic. You might not want to name your dog Jolly only to find out that he is a shy kind of dog. With this, you will always have the option to change it to the best name that fits.
Choose a name that fits even when your dogs gets older
Just like humans, dogs grow up and grow old and some names just would not fit like it did when they are young. So, make sure that you pick a name that would not get awkward when they grow bigger. Although some find it fascinating, you might not want to name your dog “Puppy” until he is all matured and tall as you.
Make sure to pick a unique name
It is best to make a research for the most common dog names just so you will avoid giving any of that to your dog. You might not want walking your dog in the park only to hear other people calling their dogs the same name with yours. This will also cause confusion to your dog while in the presence of other dogs in public places.
Choose a name that is not offensive and embarrassing
You do not have any plans just giving your dog embarrassment (and you, too) right? Make sure that you pick a name that will not, in any case, be offensive to other people when they hear it. Some of us like giving some nasty or silly names to our pets, but just be careful not to embarrass yourself.
Keep in my mind whether or not you adopt your dog
When you adopt your dog, keep in mind that almost always, he already has a name. Although you certainly can change his name, you must know that your dog may be confused for a while before they recognize the new sound of their name.
You may want to opt-out from using scary names
Sometimes, pet owners would like to give scary name to their dogs especially if they came from a large breed of dogs. If you plan to always walk your dog in the park, you may want to change your mind and not give him a name such as “Killer”, “Death” or “Demon” as this may cause terror or scare to other people.
When you want to name your dog after a family member or a friend
Some people want to name their dogs after a family member who recently passed. Although it can be perfectly fine, it is totally a different story if you want to name your dog after a friend or a family member that is still alive. Make sure that you mention it first to the person and proceed if they are comfortable with it. However, you have to keep in mind that this would cause confusion to your dog if the person you name him after also lives in the same household.
Choosing among the best puppy names for boys and girls can be a little overwhelming than you think now that you know that there is a science revolving around it. But it can be done by just considering not only your own preferences but as well as the ones around you, most especially your dog.