Many people who get a dog as a puppy – that is, who get a dog that does not already have a name it is used to hearing and responding to – tend to take the task of “naming their dog” far less seriously than they should; instead of thinking about the fact that this is the name by which they will be calling their dog for the next 10 or 15 years – the name by which they will remember their dog even after it has passed on – most people simply pick a name out of thin air, settling on the first thing they think of and moving on with their lives. If you have decided that you want to pick out a really great name for your dog, however, here are a few things you will want to keep in mind!
Name association: Understand that there is actually no reason for you to have to name your dog an actual “dog name,” or even an actual “name”; oftentimes, the best dog names come from name association with something the owner enjoys or thinks of fondly – and by naming their dog after this person, place, or thing that brings up fond memories, the dog starts out on the right foot in their minds!
Personality: Another thing that can contribute to an excellent dog name is the dog’s personality; of course, most puppies are rambunctious and excitable, but look for specific aspects of your new dog’s personality that set them apart from other dogs you have owned or known, and think of names that might be inspired by this personality trait.
Think outside the box: Again, realize that you do not have to name your dog a “dog name,” or even a real “name” at all; as you think outside the box – moving away from the conventional dog names that come to mind right away – you will start to come up with some really great ideas, the sort of ideas that will yield a name you’ll be happy with for years to come.
Wait: And of course, one of the best ways of all to ensure you are picking the right name for your dog is, quite simply, to wait a bit before naming them! If you feel as if there is pressure to name your dog right away, you are likely to end up in a position where you select a name you will not be happy with down the road – but when you realize that there is no pressing need to name your dog in those first few days, or even in that first week or two, it will give you a bit more time to know your dog and its personality, and to select the name that is just right for it!
Selecting dog names can be difficult – but this does not mean you have to end up with a name you are unhappy with down the road; keep these tips in mind, and you will be able to select the perfect dog names for your dogs!