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Your Dog - How To Select The Right Name

Apr 17, 2008
When trying to choose the right name for your new dog you can if you want call them anything that you want. There are literally hundreds of different names a person can choose from for their dog, however not all of them are really suitable. Below we provide you with some guidelines which will help selecting the right name for your dog that much easier. But it is important to remember that a name that you may find suitable for your dog may not sit right with another. However we provide you with some guidelines to use when trying to figure out the right name for your dog.

1. When selecting a name for your dog go for one which is not only easy for you to say but pronounce as well. If you decide upon a name which you have difficulty saying or pronouncing then your dog will find it much more difficult to understand you. It is best that you (and your family) select a name that can easily be said time and time again and will not provide any confusion to your dog. Plus selecting an easy name means that at those times when things can get stressful, say when you are trying to maintain control over them will make it much easier to deal with the situation.

2. It is crucial when selecting your dog's name you never give them more than one. Unlike humans dog's become easily confused if their names are long or they have more than one. Dog's that are confused because of the name or names they are being called may well be more difficult to train and handle. But by sticking to just one name say for example "Lady" will not confuse the dog because they will find it much easier to remember.

3. Never select a name for your dog that sounds like a command. So avoid names that sound like "heel", "jump" or "kill". Unfortunately a dog whose name sounds like a command can become easily confused when you are carrying out their training. This is because they will not know what is their name and what it is they should be responding to.

4. It is best that you choose a name which contains one or two syllables. We have a number of dogs all we short and easy to remember names including Taz, Heff, Jack and Jodie. Plus choosing names that contain one or two syllables actually makes it much easier for the dog to learn.

5. When selecting your dog's name never go for one that has negative meaning or connotations to it. Dogs who have names with negative meaning often do not respond as quickly when called. Also remember that it will not just be you who is calling them and hoping that they respond but other members of your family as well.

6. Also avoid names that could be embarrassing or are simply out of the question. Remember that dogs are very intelligent and they just may begin to realize that the name chosen is not really appealing and they will soon pick up on any negative feelings from you.

7. Once you have chosen the name for your dog and have started using it then you can not change it. By giving your dog one name and then suddenly changing it to another can leave your dog completely bewildered and confused. So once the name has been chosen you need to stick to it.

When choosing a name for your dog don't just sit down and make a list instead make it as much fun as possible and get everybody involved who will have regular contact with the animal. This is even more important if the dog will become a family pet and so become a member of your family. Yet through the use of the guidelines above you should find choosing a name for your dog much easier than you thought and you may even come up with some thing that is completely unique.
About the Author
After owning several different types of dogs, Mark and Allison Thompson have set up this site which provides you with details relating to how to look after a dog. Therefore if you would like to learn more then please go to Healthy Pets Are Happy Pets
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