Dec 19, 2012

Giving Your Dog a Unique Name, Not Just a Popular Name

When naming their dog, most people pick a very common name, like Ace or Luke. But why not come up with a more unique name for your wonderful new dog? A unique name has more meaning behind it and can really help to make your dog yours. Finding and Picking a unique name can be a real challenge, that's why most people choose to go with a generic dog name. But with just a little work and some research the task can be a painless one, which you might actually end up enjoying.

First Things First

The first step in finding that perfect name is step that is often forgotten or overlooked. Many people get so tangled up in finding the right name that they never take the time to get to know their dog. Knowing your new dog and its unique personality will help you find the right name tremendously. So take some time to play with your dog and get a good idea of its personality. Watching for how your dog acts when you give it a treat, does it jump up and down or does it wait patiently for its treat. Traits like these can come in very handy down the road, as it gives you a great deal of insight into your dog's activity level. Once you feel like you really know your dog then it's time to start your name hunt.

Things You Shouldn't Do

Before you set out on your search remember that there are literally hundreds of thousands of names that you can choose from, so don't let yourself get distracted or set on the first one you come across. Try to keep your wonderful new dog in mind, as it's the one that will suffer the consequences of your choice. And remember to always keep a writing utensil handy during your search and write down every name that jumps out at you. There is nothing worse than finding the perfect one and then have it slip your memory the next day, so remember write it down!

Finding Name Ideas

Coming up with ideas may actually be the most difficult part of the whole process, so enlisting a little help is never a bad idea. Start out by asking for ideas from your friends or family, you never know they might have some great ideas. Then hit up your public library for some name books, even baby name books can be helpful. Another great source is the internet. Search for on your favorite search engine. Many of the sites you'll find will have thousands of names that you can sort through. Make a list of the names you like the most and that you feel match your dog. I'd also recommend looking at a site that has pictures of dogs with their names to see what other people have named their dog and what their dog looks like. This will give you an idea of how common the names you've picked are and it also gives you an idea of how each can fit a dog's appearance.

What to do With Those Name?

Know that you have your list of names it's time to give them a test run. Try calling your dog by each name and see how he reacts. Also take into account how it feels saying the name out loud, as you're likely to be saying this name often as you train your new dog. Go through each name on your list and find the one that your dog seems to like the best and the one that just feels right to you. If none of the names you've picked work, then search some more. It might take some effort and some patience to find the right name, but I guarantee it will be worth it in the end. Good luck and have fun with your new dog!

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