How to choose the perfect dog name

Naming your dog is a bit of fun but can be a challenge, too.

For instance, if you plan to name your pet after a friend or relative, you might ask them first. (I once named a budgie Beryl, after my mother-in-law. Huge mistake.)

Here are some other points to consider.

1) Names that sound like commands can confuse a dog. ‘Joe’ sounds too much like ‘No’; ‘Fay’ too much like ‘stay’.

'Where's the ham?'
‘Who said ham?’

2) Same goes for names similar to an immediate family member. Jay’s your brother. Jake’s your dog. Tough for a pup to distinguish.

'Where's uncle Frank?'
‘Where’s uncle Frank?’

3) Best not to use nicknames. If your pooch’s name is Callie, don’t call her Cal – she could develop a split personality (Just kidding… but she will be confused.)

What. Did. You. Call. Me?
‘What. Did. You. Call. Me?’

4) Short names (no more than two syllables), beginning with hard consonants are easiest for a dog to recognize.

You rang?
‘You rang?’

5) You might also consider your dog’s size, breed and personality when selecting a name. You wouldn’t call a Dalmation ‘Fluffy’ for instance. But a cuddly dog is a perfect ‘Teddy’.

Go on, say my name
‘Go on, say my name.’

6) Cute or odd names are okay, as long as you remember you’ll be using them a lot at the dog park. In front of strangers… Just saying.

'Here Fudge. Fudge! Fuuuuudge!'
‘Here Fudge. Fudge! Fuuuuudge!’

7) Clearly, names are a very personal choice and almost always reflect an owner’s interests and tastes: For instance, borrowing the name of a favourite book/TV/ or movie character – like ‘Luther’ or ‘Snow’ (as in Jack Snow).

Where's Eric?
‘Where’s Eric?’

8) Childhood memories (‘River’ for the street you grew up on), pleasing sounds (‘Trumpet’), colours (Blue) and flavours (Pepper), historic figures (Winston), rockers (Bowie), sports heroes (Rooney) – the choices are endless…

To the fields!
‘To the fields!’

One bloke we know named his two mutts ‘Jack’ and ‘Bailey’, after liquors. His next dog will be ‘Captain’.

To each his own…

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