(DOG NAMES) Need help coming up with a name for your new pup? Tired of the same old dog names? Want a name that will capture your dog’s true character? If so, read on for some quick tips for choosing a great doggy name. — Global Animal

(DOG)SPIRED, Amanda Stark

If you’re not sure how to go about finding a good name for the dog you just brought home, consider these tips.

One- or two-syllable names work best. They are good for calling, they roll off the tongue easily, and are easy for your dog to recognize.

Want a more exotic name? Try it out, say it out loud, and think about calling your dog by that name. How does it sound?

If “heel Rumpelstilskin” seems a bit of a mouthful, you may want to reconsider, or think about using a nickname (in this case, maybe “Rum”, or “Rumble”).

Be aware of choosing dog names that sound similar to voice commands. For example, “Joe” can sound like “no” to your dog, or “Fletch” can sound like “fetch.”

Similarly, don’t give your dog a name that sounds similar to other pet’s (or family member’s) names. It just causes confusion!

Avoid names that will embarrass you when you call your dog. Just imagine that you are at the beach or dog park, and have to call “Butthead.” How does that make you feel? More importantly, how does it make your dog feel?

Certain names work better with certain types of dog. For example, a Pomeranian named “Magnus” or a Pitbull named “Tinkerbell”?  Unless you’re being ironic, of course, it’s not a good identification.

When choosing names for dogs, also consider the origins of the breed. For example, “Guinness” may be suited to an Irish Wolfhound, and “Pierre” to a French Bulldog.

Remember that your puppy will grow (often faster than you think), so while “Fluffball” might work for the cuddly Newfoundland pup, it might not suit the 130-pound adult.

Can’t come up with any good dog names? Think about your interests and hobbies. Are you a football fan, a music lover, a movie buff? All of these can provide inspiration for naming dogs. How about “Quarterback,” “Hendrix,” or “Bogie”?

It’s a good idea to know and understand the meaning of your puppy’s name. For example, “Tasha,” short for “Natasha,” is a character in Tolstoy’s great novel, “War and Peace.”

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