Millions of people today will start their lives with a new pet. Whether it’s a gift, or part of adoption, or just about any other method, naming a pet is one of the great joys of ownership. Your new best friend will need to be called something, and what will you decide? If you were to look online for ideas, you’ll find thousands of names possible. Narrowing all of those names down can be quite difficult, to say the least. In order to figure out a good name for your pet, why not take a few tips that can help you out. The following are some great tips that could very well help you gain the upper hand in regard to naming your pet something grand.
The first tip that you should consider is so simple, it’s about syllables. Pick a name that is easy to say, and easy to be understood by your pet. Pets aren’t human, and don’t really respond to long names. A three syllable or more name, is not going to bode well. Instead, focus on something simple, one or two syllables at most. Remember, you’re going to be repeating the name a lot too, as you’ll need to train them, and discipline them as they are trained etc. You will need to ensure that the name is simple for you to praise and reward as well as call when you need them to come around.
There are a plethora of cool names that you can think of, but there are going to be some that may not be great for the dog park, or whenever you have company. For instance, you don’t want to name a dog, “killer jones”, or “the grim reaper”, or something that is just too harsh. People will hear you yelling, come here “killer jones”, and will give you bad looks, etc. This doesn’t mean that you need to name your pet super cuddly names but think about not going too extreme in terms of naming conventions. Remember, you will be calling the name often, and sometimes in the midst of children, parents, and more. Going vulgar is not a good plan here.
When naming pets, you’re going to need to stay away from names that sound like the things you’re going to ask them to do. Think about the names that sound like “no”, for example. The most common name that sounds like that is simple, “Joe”. Your dog Joe may not know if you mean his name or “no”. It’s something that you need to consider. Try to think about naming conventions that do not have a focal point that is similar any of the commands and requests that you’re going to give to them.
There are some people that will have a name in mind, but once they have spent some time with their pet, they end up giving them a nickname. This occurs often, and that can be confusing for your pet in the long run. Professionals recommend that you pick just “one” name, as it will help you with training, and creating easier commands with your pet. Calling them several different names could confuse them, especially if you have multiple pets, children, and more in the home. You don’t want to give them one name, then shift a few years later, you want to stick to just “one” name. If it helps, make sure that you don’t commit to just “one” name at first, give it a little time while you decide, then choose one, and use it often to ensure they know their name, etc.
Still stumped? Not sure how to get the right name? Then do this little trick. Get a piece of paper and write down all of the names that you would like to name your pet. Just one name per line. Now, once you have at least 10 to 15 names, cut them up into one lines, and then put them into a hat or bowl. Then draw 5 names, and form those 5, try to narrow things down a little bit. Narrow things down to a top 5, then a top 3, then just two names. If you do this, you’ll end up with a positive push forward in naming your pet.
At the end of the day, the tips above are going to help you narrow down the options and get the right name for your pet. Just take these ideas on, and see how easy it can be to get the right overall name for your special new friend.