Your dog is one of the best companions that you can have in your life, and he is a member of your family in some way or another. In order to be a true member, he has to have a name, just like everyone else, though, right?
The name is definitely one of the most important decisions to make when choosing which puppy to bring home, and there are several things to be aware of when making that decision.
Here are some tips to consider when making the decision. It may help narrow down some of the choices a little, too!
Choose a name you like
This may seem silly, but it’s important. Bringing a puppy home is a big commitment, and you may get tired of “Fluffy” after a few weeks. Take the time to make a shortlist of names that you enjoy (both to the ear, and in general).
Some people find that name generators can give a great place to start, and you can even look at what the names mean, so you can pick one with characteristics you like! However you look at it, picking a name that means something to you is a great way to get a good list to work from.
Aim for two syllables with consonants
When it comes to understanding dog behavior, remember that a dog doesn’t hear his name being called and think “Oh, that’s my name!”. They see their name as a command. So, pick a name that has two syllables. They’ll be able to distinguish their name from other words, namely other commands. Also, to make sure that your dog has an easier time understanding his name, choose one that has a lot of consonants, as he will be more likely to recognize it in a park or other atmosphere when he’s not paying total attention to you.
This may narrow down your list a bit, but it will be more beneficial to your dog and you, as he will know for sure when you are trying to get his attention. Since this is the main point of giving him a name, that seems pretty important, right?
Think carefully about naming him after a family member
While you may feel that naming him after a family member is sweet and heartwarming, some people can take it the wrong way. Remember that not everyone wants to have the same name as a dog, and you should check with them before choosing the name for sure.
Additionally, if the person you name your dog after is that which is at your house a lot, a shared name will definitely confuse your dog. Remember, again, that a name is a command to a dog, so if he hears it often enough in conjunction with something that has nothing to do with him, he will stop listening to it and may be hard to train otherwise.
Pick a name you can call out in public
This is important. Your dog is going to be in earshot of your neighbors, family members, and the general public when you’re out at the park. You must make sure the name you choose for your dog is swear word-free and something that won’t make you feel uncomfortable calling out loud where people will actually hear.
It may seem funny in private to name your dog something inappropriate or strange, but it can be harmful and just plain frustrating to all of those around you who are trying to live their lives as planned. Your dog will be around for a log time, so give him an appropriate name!
Try to match his personality
When you get this little bundle of joy home, make sure to take the time to get to now him so that you can choose a name that will work with his personality. All animals have a unique personality about them that will definitely influence the name you choose. If you think you have the right name, try it out in your head, even better say it out loud for few times ti hear how it sounds.
Make sure you involve other people too, because they might see your dog’s personality differently and be able to suggest a name that is better suited for the dog and your mental image that you have.
Take your time
Make sure that you take your time in deciding the name for your dog. This means taking the tie to make the initial short list that comes from suggestions and online recommendations. After you bring your dog home, take the time to get to know him and choose the name when you find one that feels right for you, your family, your dog, and your gut.
You’ll find the right one before you know it, and you’ll be happy you moved on from your first or second choice, whatever they were. This is a big decision and should be taken just as seriously as you take naming your child. You’ve got the time to do it right!
Your dog is your cherished companion that is going to be a great part of your life for many years. You have to make sure that you pick a name that you like as well as him, too. There’s no question that it can be a hard decision to make, but rest assured that you will find the right name by following these tips.
Have fun compiling a list for names and get lots of input. It’ll make everyone pat of this exciting and fun process. Really, there is no wrong way to do it, so relax!
When I named Kala, she was still with her litter (I didn’t follow the waiting rule) I saw pictures of her (and I fell in love instantly) and I had a list of few names. Kala, Croatian name for calla lily flower, it’s usually white as Jacks mostly are and I love it. Today, almost seven years later I’m satisfied with my choice and I think it fits her perfectly.
What are the naming options you are thinking about? If you already named your dog, how did you choose a name for your Jack Russell?
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