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Many people think it’s easy to name a dog–they think that since it’s just a dog, any name will do. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Picking the right name for your dog is just as important as picking the right name for your baby. I don’t want to scare you, though. Naming a dog can still be fun, but there just are a few things you need to consider.
Do Not Give Your Dog an Embarrassing Name
Sure it could be funny to name your dog something slightly embarrassing or humorous. I’m sure you wouldn’t have any trouble calling your dog by her embarrassing name in the company of family or friends, but what if you’re in a public park or at the vet office? You need to make sure the name you choose for your dog is something you would be comfortable calling out loud in the company of strangers.
Do Not Give Your Dog a Name That Resembles a Common Command
Come, sit, stay, down, stand, no, & off are the essential commands you will most likely need to teach your dog to follow. You need to make sure that the name you choose for your dog doesn’t sound similar to any of these commands. For example, if you named your dog Kit, it would make it difficult to teach your dog the “sit” command. The dog might think you are calling out her name while you are trying to make her sit down.
Do Not Choose a Really Popular Dog Name
The most popular dog names are the most popular dog names for a reason – they sound nice. However, regardless of how nice these popular dog names sound, you shouldn’t choose one. For an example, if you named your dog Max (the most popular dog name in North America) and took him to the park to play, there’s a good chance your dog won’t be the only Max in the park which could cause a bit of confusion.
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Do Not Choose a Complicated or Long Name
If the name you choose for your dog is really complicated or long, it will be hard for your dog to recognize it. Dogs (and other animals as well) respond better to one or two syllable names, and a long or complicated name would also be hard to call out. However, you can still choose a complicated or long name if you plan to use a simplified call name or nickname. In that case, though, do not expect your dog to respond to both names. It’s more likely that your dog will only recognize the simplified call name as her name.
This completes our list of things you need to consider while choosing a name for your dog. Hopefully you now have a good idea what to name your puppy dog.
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