Paws-itively Perfect: How to pick the perfect name for your new dog (2023 Edition)

First of all: Congratulations on the newest addition to your family! You made the right choice. Next up - Picking a name for your dog.

Picking the perfect name for your new puppy is an exciting and important task. Not only will it be a part of your furry friend's identity for the rest of their life, but it's also a chance for you to get creative and have fun with finding the perfect name for them.

We get it, choosing the right name can be overwhelming with so many options to choose from. But don't worry, in this blog post we will provide you with some helpful tips and ideas to ensure you find the perfect fit for your furry companion.

Let’s start off with some tips when coming up with some new potential names for your new four-legged friend. 

The cutest border collie puppy

Always think about your own personal style: 

While it’s their name, your dog's name is a reflection of you as well, so consider your own personal style and tastes when picking a name for them, and don't be afraid to let your creativity shine when choosing a name for your new best friend

Of course within reason! Maybe stay away from names such as X Æ A-12 ..but we will explain more about why later in this post. 

When picking your dog’s new name, consider names inspired by your favorite hobbies, professional sports team or favorite athlete, a particular thing you enjoy, places you've traveled, celebrities, pop culture references, a favorite song… and the list goes on! 

Keep it simple: 

Simply put, a simple name is easier for your dog to understand and respond to. Dogs are more likely to respond to shorter, simpler names because they can more easily distinguish them from other words. This can make training and communicating with your dog more efficient.

Dogs also respond much better to sharp-sounding consonants (think P, D, K) as they more easily grab their attention and focus. 

We also recommend avoiding names that sound too similar to verbal commands. As cute as a name as Oliver is - for a dog that might be a little too similar to the command “roll over”

And sometimes when they are puppies, they will be just too tired to respond to anything at all! .. hello?

Consider your dog's breed and personality: 

If you are struggling to find a good name for them, your dog's breed and personality can be a great place to start. For example, a name like "Barkley" might be perfect for a friendly and energetic Golden Retriever, while a more regal name like "Prince" might be fitting for a dignified French Bulldog.

Now that you have come up with a few names you like, what's next?

Test it out: 

Say the name out loud and see how it sounds. You'll be saying your dog's name a lot, so it's important to choose a name that you enjoy saying. Is it easy to say in a variety of different tones? Can it be said assertively? Can you form an endless amount of nicknames from it? 

Remember, the most important thing is to choose a name that you and your dog both love. Take your time and have fun with it, and you'll find the perfect fit in no time!

Can I use a human name for my dog? 

Using a human name for a dog can be a great choice, as long as the name suits your dog's personality and is easy to say and spell. Many people choose human names for their dogs because they are familiar and easy to remember, plus it makes them a full-fledged part of the family!

However, it's important to consider whether the name you have chosen is a good fit for your dog. If your dog seems like a Frank, then Frank they shall be! 

Ultimately, the most important thing is to choose a name that you and your dog both love. Whether you choose a traditional human name, a unique canine name, or something in between, the most important thing is that it feels right for your furry friend.

If I adopt my dog is it a good idea to change their name if I do not like it or feel it does not suit them?

It's up to you whether or not you want to change your dog's name if you adopt them. Some people choose to keep the name that their new furry friend came with, especially if the dog is older and already used to their name. In these cases, the dog's previous name can be a part of their history and identity, and it may be stressful for them to have to learn a new name.

On the other hand, if the dog is young and doesn't have a strong association with their previous name, or if the name is one that you don't particularly like, you may want to consider changing it. Keep in mind that it can take time for a dog to learn a new name, so be patient and consistent in your training.

Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to change your dog's name is a personal one, and there is no right or wrong answer. 

The most important thing is finding a name you both love 

When it comes to picking a name for your new furry friend, the most important thing is to choose something that speaks to you and your bond with your dog. As you embark on this new journey together, know that your dog will be with you through all of life's ups and downs, and their name will serve as a reminder of the special connection you share.

So go with your heart, and know that you can't go wrong with any name that reflects the love you have for your new best friend.

And don't forget to get them their new Personalized Toy Basket to celebrate the new name you have chosen for them! 

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