Getting a puppy is an exciting time but there are so many things that you need to think about, and a name is one of them. Your puppy’s name will be the word you use to call them and refer to them, so it’s especially important that you get it right. To help you out with the naming process, we’ve put together a quick guide to choosing a name for your new puppy, so keep reading if you’re looking for some pointers.
Try to stick with short names
When you’re naming your puppy, aim to choose a name which is as short and sweet as possible so that your puppy can recognize it easily.
We spoke to Aylesbury Vets who said: “Your new puppy won’t understand the concept of their name, they will simply learn to react to the sounds of it over time. In this way, it’s much easier all around if you stick to a short and simple name for your puppy.” “In fact, try to use names which only feature one or two syllables such as ‘Cosmo’ or ‘Belle’ so that your puppy will have an easier time learning their name.” If you want to give your puppy a longer or more formal name, try to ensure that it’s something that you can shorten actually, such as shortening Sir Timothy to Tim or Timmy.
It’s best to start their name with a sharp consonant
Because dogs can hear sounds with high frequencies, starting their name with a consonant or series of consonants which feature high-frequency sounds (such as s, sh, ch, or k) is a great way to grab their attention.
Similarly, names which end in a high pitched vowel sound work well, too. Names like ‘Lucky,’ ‘Cassie,’ and ‘Lila’ are all reliable options. If you’re struggling to think of names, check out this list to give you some ideas.
Avoid names which sound like common commands
During the time that you’re trying to get your puppy to recognize their name, it’s likely that you’ll be teaching them other commands such as ‘sit,’ ‘heel,’ ‘wait,’ and ‘paw.’ Because of this, it’s especially important that you don’t name your puppy anything that they can confuse with the sounds of other commands as this could be stressful for them. Avoid names like ‘Fitch,’ ‘Thor’ or ‘Shaquille’ as these all sound like the above commands. Training your puppy can be a complicated affair, so try some of these tips to make things easier on the both of you.
Be aware that you’ll be using your puppy’s name in public
You’re going to have to use your dogs’ name in public, so try to ensure that it’s (1) not offensive and (2) not something you’ll find yourself embarrassed to use because it can be particularly challenging to have your puppy respond to a different name once they’re used to their original one. Avoiding anything that could be construed as offensive or disrespectful is a surefire way to make sure that you’re comfortable using your puppy’s name when you’re out and about and can help people to warm to your animal more quickly.