So you have a new addition to your family, a dog. Well, now its time for the most important task as a new pet owner. What task? Well,  choosing the right name of course. With so many names to choose from the skies the limit. Selecting your dogs name should be fun, not daunting and frustrating.  Here are a few tips on picking the perfect pet name that suits your new dog and cuddly family member.

1. Must Love the Name. Pick a name that you and your dog can live with for a long time. If you are adopting a dog (especially an older pup) from a shelter then it may already come with a name. You can either opt to leave the name (if it ain’t broken don’t fix it), shorten to nickname or change it entirely to give your dog a new leash on life. These are all great options, whatever you decide, you and your dog must first and foremost love the name. If after a few days your dog is forgetful and does not respond to the new name then you may need to break out the dog name book and start at ground zero.

2. Keep the name short. It is important that your dog is able to learn and remember his or her name. Keep the name to one or two syllables and have it end with a strong consonant so your dog can familiarize his or herself with the name. In doing so, it will be much easier for you to train your dog to come and obey on command. Make sure it is one that will be easy to pronounce and roll off your tongue. Be sure the name is distinct from any command words you’ll be teaching your dog (i.e “Noah” is to close to the command “No”). Also, you do not want to confuse your new dog with multiple variations of its name

Be creative! Sometimes the best inspiration for a name comes from observing your dog in his or her environment. You can go with a more  traditional name, your dog’s color or personality traits, historical figures,  loved ones, favorite foods, celebrities, or geographical locations, etc. Whatever you choose, Repeat it often and praise your dog with every response so your dog can associate his or her name with something positive.

3. Upbeat Tone. Tone is everything, keep your voice upbeat. One of the most important things in training is to have him, or her, come when called. Make name association fun and enjoyable by associating it with something positive, a walk, delicious treat, or a playful game of fetch. Choosing the right name is the foundation for training your dog. Before you can even begin to teach your dog other basic commands, name recognition should be top priority.

Now the only thing left for us to do is  to wish you good luck. Happy name hunting!

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