Naming Your Dog

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Naming your new dog is no easy order. After all, you want the name to be one that matches your dog’s personality and is easy for him to learn. The American Kennel Club recently issued some good tips to keep in mind when you name your next dog:

• Observe your dog for a few days to learn more about his character. You might want a name that suggests his personality; if he loves to be the center of attnetion, a name like King or Star might be appropriate.

• Look for short, sweet names of one or two syllables.

• Look at names that end in a vowel like Rocky or Sadie.

• Don’t choose a name that’s too long; you’ll confuse your dog.

• Don’t pick a name that sounds like a command. They point out that “Joe” sounds like “No.” We once knew a dog owner with a dog named “Noel” who had the same problem.

• If you name your dog after a friend or relative, ask their permission first. (They may or may not be honored!)


Paris Permenter is an award-winning author of over 30 pet and travel books. Along with her husband, John Bigley, Paris is the founder and publisher of CatTipper and DogTipper.

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