There are lots of fun things about having a pet, not least of which is coming up with the perfect name. Maybe you had a name picked out before you even met your pet, or maybe you’re two months in and still indecisive. It can be hard to make a decision so permanent and significant. Below, you’ll find a guide to help you pick the perfect name! Fear not, cat, dog lovers, there are ideas here for every taste and every pet.
Avoid Names With Negative Connotations
You might think it’s funny to give your adorable Corgi the ironic title of “Cujo”, but it’s a bad idea. “Not everyone is going to want to pet a dog named Cujo, or dog-sit a dog named Cujo,”
How Does Your Pet Look?
Is your pet brown? How about the names Brownie, Rolo, Chocolate, Coffee, Cocoa, Sienna, Chestnut, Caramel or Fawn? Black? Blackie, Onyx, Coal, Ebony, Sable, Inky or Noir. White? Snow, Snowflake, Sugar or Ivory. The options are endless. Try doing a search for your pet’s coloring and look for synonyms. If you’re Pet is striped or spotted, look for those synonyms or consider naming them after another animal that has the same sort of coat. Does your pet have any special markings or identifiers? Is your pet super big or super small? That could lead to some inspiration too.
There’s a lot to consider
And there are probably more considerations than you might have first thought, too. For instance, did you know that names with vowels are far better? Or that it’s best to avoid those with too many syllables? That’s why we chatted with Nicole Ellis, a certified dog trainer and a member of Rover.com’s Dog People Panel, for some dog-naming advice. Read on to make sure your new pooch’s name is on point.
Choose a Name That Ends With a Vowel.
Names with vowels change tone when you call for your dog. This matters, because dogs distinguish frequency ranges at a much higher level than we do. “With a vowel name, it’s really easy to get their attention,” says Ellis, who named her dog Rossi. Of course, Buddy, Ziggy, Josie, and Taco all work, too.
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Don’t Pick One That Might Get Confused With Commands
Consider the commands you’ll be giving your pet frequently. Does its name sound too similar? Unless you want a lot of headaches later, pick a different name. Bo could be mistaken for ‘No.’ And Ray could be mistaken for ‘Stay.’ Those are behaviors that I ask for a lot in the dogs I train, and I don’t want them to think I’m yelling ‘No’ at them when I just want them to come over and pay attention to me.”
Pet Name Generator
You can always use a name generator online for free to get ideas.
If you’re willing to spend some time with your pet before naming him or her, consider giving them a name based on their personality traits. Maybe they skip down the hall every time you come home (Skip) or have a funny bark (Bowzer). Maybe they’re super patient waiting for food or treats or with your young kids (Patience) or maybe they have the best overall disposition you’ve ever seen (Happy). Love to sleep all day? Snoozy! Loves to be right next to you? Cuddles! Won’t stop peeing by the door? Puddles! You get the idea. Maybe just don’t name your dog Sir Humps A Lot. Or do! Who are we to judge?