How to Name Your New Puppy

Finally, you've made the important decision to bring a puppy into your home. You've researched different breeds on the Internet, talked to various breeders, consulted with veterinarians and harassed your dog-owning friends for advice, but now the time has come for your dog to finally come home. The question then is, what are you going to name poor, little Fido?

It has been estimated that the average dog will hear his name over 35,000 times during his lifetime, so you should choose it carefully. Resist the temptation to select a name that is too cute or funny. Instead, choose a name that's just right.

Keep reading for some tips on how to pick a great puppy name.

1. Brevity Is Best

Dogs respond well to short and easy-to-remember commands. So, pick a name that's succinct and clear. "Mr. Snugglebottoms the Third" may seem cute now, but by the time you get to the second half of that mouthful, your dog will be out the door.

Try to choose a name that has two syllables or less. If you insist on choosing a longer name, try to pick something that can be shortened into a nickname. For example, Mr. Snugglebottoms could be 'SB' for short.

2. Try Not to Rhyme

It's best not to name your dog something that's similar to a common command. For example, consider the dog owner who named his dog "Steve." Every time he tried to tell his canine friend to "stay," the dog came running up to him.

So, choose a name that won't confuse your pup.

3. Think About the Neighbors

You'll be using your dog's name in front of other people, so keep your pet's name appropriate and kid-friendly. A name that may seem humorous now, won't be so funny years later when you and your pet has formed a special bond and in front of others you still have to call him "Precious."

4. Ask the Kids

If you have children, let them participate in the dog-naming process. It will get them involved in the overall dog adoption transition and make them more comfortable with this new addition to the family.

5. Reserve the Honors

Don't name your dog after someone you know. It may seem like an honor to you, but it could be construed as offensive.

6. Don't Teach an Old Dog New Names

If you're adopting an older dog, it's best not to try to change its name. Stick with what the dog already knows.

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