7 Key Tips for Naming a New Puppy

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Puppies are awesome! They’re so cute and cuddly with those sad little eyes and that sweet puppy breath. Congratulations on making a great decision and adding another member to your family. Now, you get to pick the perfect name for your new furry friend. Choosing the right name is a big decision for a few different reasons. Here are some helpful tips for picking out a name that will suit your new puppy. 

1. Avoid names that sound like command words. 

Your new puppy is busy learning all sorts of things. They will love the sound of your voice, and attentively listen to everything that you say. Eventually, they will learn all of the commands that you are trying to teach them. It’s a good idea not to pick a name that sounds like a common command. Think about some of the things you will be saying a lot like sit, stay, and no. Maybe, names like Bits, Shay, or Bo would confuse the little thing. 

2. Match the puppy’s name with one of its physical characteristics. 

There could be something about your puppy’s appearance that catches your imagination. Maybe your puppy has a lot of spots on their coat. Spot could be a good name. Or, maybe it has short legs. You could call it Stubby. A fluffy, white one could be named Snowball. You get the idea.

3. Name your puppy after a personality trait. 

You can take some time to get to know your puppy before naming it. They all will have their own little idiosyncrasies and individual personalities that make them unique. There might be a quirky trait that tugs at your heart. If the puppy likes to chase its tail, you could name it Chase. Maybe it’s a fearless little thing that you name Hercules. Or, it could be a timid, nervous puppy, making you think of nervous Nellie. That could work. 

4. Remember, you’ll be calling their name a lot. 

Not only will you call your puppy by its name inside of your home, you will be calling the name outside, and around the neighborhood if they get lost. Of course, all names are cute in the privacy of your home. But, take a moment to consider how you would feel if you had to continuously call out a cute name in public. You don’t want to embarrass the little thing, do you?

5. If you have kids, let them help with choosing a name. 

Kids love to be a part of the naming process. And, sometimes they can come up with the perfect name. Their minds aren’t as cluttered as ours can be, making them more open to different possibilities. You could even make a game out of it and have some fun choosing the perfect name.

6. Don’t be afraid to test the name that you choose. 

It will take a puppy some time before they will recognize their name. Don’t be afraid to test the waters. You’ll probably start calling them something right away. And, that something might stick. Once you have decided on a name, give it a test run, and see if it fits. If it doesn’t, try another name. You’ll find one that works before you know it.

7. You could name them after their pedigree. 

You could also name them something that is specific to their breed. A Scottish terrier could by named Katie Scarlet, after the famous heroine. You could call her Katie for short. A French poodle could be your little Fifi. How about Stout for a short, chubby Irish puppy. The possibilities are endless.

Honestly, your puppy isn’t going to care what you call them. All they want is your love, affection, and attention. And, in return, they’ll shower you with their loyal companionship for many years. You are about to embark on a lifetime of memories for you and your new friend. Have fun with your new puppy!

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