Choosing Your Puppy’s Name

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Today we have a special guest post from on a subject that’s always fun: selecting a name for your new puppy!

Getting a new puppy is a fun and exciting experience, but it’s also a stressful one. There are so many things that have to be done, like puppy proofing the house, scheduling checkups with the vet, and a long list of other must do tasks. The last thing any dog owner wants to stress about is coming up with a name for their new puppy, but most do. I’m not sure why picking a dog name is so stressful and difficult sometimes, but for whatever reason it just is. Thankfully there are a few things you can do to make the task of picking a name a little less stressful and possibly even fun.

The first thing I recommend doing is just get your new dog home and get it comfortable. It won’t matter much what you’ve named your dog if they are stressed out, which can increase their chance of becoming seriously ill. If the breeder gave the pup a name, just use that one for the time being. Once your dog has grown comfortable in its new home and you’ve had some time to get to know it, you can start worrying about what to name him or her.

The next step I recommend taking is figuring out what your goals are for your dog’s name. Everyone has different goals when naming their dog; some people want to come up with something unique, while others might want to name their dog after their favorite movie character. But whatever your goal is, it’s important that the name you pick is one that’s short, easy to say and easy for your dog to understand and recognize. Now this doesn’t mean you can’t give your dog that awesome, but difficult to say name. Just realize now that if you do, you’re going to want to shorten it or come up with a nickname to use in its place. Long or complex names can not only be difficult for you to say, but can be difficult for your dog to recognize. Either of these issues will make training your dog difficult.

One thing I can’t emphasize enough to new dog owners is the importance of getting to know their new dog. That doesn’t mean you need to sit down and have long deep conversations with your dog, it means spend some time playing with your dog or go for a ride in the car together.

Watching and observing your dog can really be useful when picking a name, plus it can be fun for both you and your dog. As you build a bond with your dog, you’ll start to recognize unique traits. Some of these traits can lead to some great naming ideas. You might also notice of unique physical characteristics of your dog that you never noticed before, such as unique markings or coloring.

My last recommendation is if you’re struggling to come up with a name don’t be afraid to ask for help. Ask friends, family, or even a pet care expert. Sometimes we fixate on a task and we get so caught up in it, that it makes it impossible to be creative. Someone else might have a great idea that you’ve never even thought of, so just ask for help. Something I always recommend to families is make coming up with a name a family activity, you’d be amazed how good kids at coming up with unique names. It also gives the family an opportunity to bond with this new family member and helps everyone to feel responsible for the well-being of the dog.

I hope these tips can help anyone struggling with naming their new pup. I know how stressful it can be, but remember to just relax and try to enjoy the experience. The name you pick will hopefully be one you say for years to come, so try to make sure the memories tied to it are good ones. Good luck to you and your dog!

About the Author: is all about helping people find the perfect name for their dog. We’ve spent considerable hours finding and organizing the best dog names out there, so that you can spend more time playing with your dog and less time hunting for a name. We are always updating and adding new names to of extensive list of names, which has grown to include nearly 10,000 dog names. Our goal is to provide our fellow dog owners with the best dog names, so they can give their dog the perfect name.

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