How to name a dog: Find a perfect name for your dog

how to name a dog

Congratulations, and welcome to the doggy world. I wish you and your new furry friend with loads of fun and happy moments. Now that you have got a dog, the next big question in your mind would be to find an appropriate name. The quest to answer how to name a dog can be quite confusing. With this article, I will help you find a perfect name for your dog.

Naming a dog is quite different than naming a human for various reasons. Dogs don’t understand our language. They just try to differentiate between different words based on their pitch, sound, etc. and associate it with a particular behavior. For example, a dog cannot distinguish between “Sit” and “Hit” because it sounds similar. So, you need to understand how communication works between our furry friends and us.

Naming your dog appropriately is very important for you as well as your furry friend. A dog’s name is not only his identity; it’s way beyond that. The first thing that your dog would learn is its name, and everything else follows. Think of it in this way; your dog is surrounded by humans and other pets, hearing a lot of voices and chats. Now how can your furry friend identify if you are talking to him?

A dog’s name becomes his reference point to identify when someone is talking to him. For example, when you are telling one of your kids to “sit on the dining table and eat,” how will your dog know if commands like “sit,” “Eat,” is not meant for him?

So, if you would call your dog’s name before any command, that way, your furry friend will understand that you are talking to him.

how to name a dog

There are plenty of dog names you can choose from, but there are certain things that you should know before naming your dog.

  1. The name does affect personality and behavior: Dogs have a great ability to sense energy. Every name has some energy associated with it, for example, Bailey is a cute name, and whenever we call out Bailey, we emit energies that are filled with love, affection, and this energy when sensed by a dog will incline her behavior towards similar energy and the result will be cuteness. Similarly, if a dog is named Brick, the chances of him being aggressive and territorial increases. Many dog owners fail to understand this relation between name and behavior, thereby unintentionally influencing the dog’s behavior.
  2. Keep it short and simple: Keep a short and simple name that you can quickly call, and dog can easily understand. Pick a one to two-syllable name, preferably ending with a vowel (A, E, I, O, U) for your dog rather than a long name. However, if you want to keep a long name for your dog, then try to find a short name first for it. For example, one of my dog’s names is “Walter,” which is not that long, but I call him “Waltu.” An excellent way to test the name is to call out the name continuously and see if you are comfortable pronouncing it over and over again.
  3. Stay away from offensive and embarrassing names: While it might sound cute and funny to name a dog “Poopy” inside the house, but it can be quite embarrassing to call out that name in a dog park or any public place. So, think before you name your new furry friend. Always find out the meaning that the name conveys.
  4. Have some uniqueness: In a world where there are thousands of names to choose from, the majority of the dog owners end up selecting the same names. Names like Buddy, Max, Bella are prevalent, and I am quite sure if you visit a dog park, you will come across a lot of familiar names. Now, if you choose a similar name like Max and go to a dog park, the chances of you finding dogs having the same name is quite high. Now, this can be quite confusing to your dog to the point that your dog may start ignoring its name. So, it would be a good idea to have some uniqueness while naming your dog.
  5. Avoid names that sound like commands: Avoid names like Joe, Ray, because it sounds similar to commands like “No” and “Stay.”
  6. Avoid renaming an adult dog: It would be a good idea not to change the name of an adult dog unless it is very necessary.
  7. Names that are similar to a family member: You kept a name for your dog without realizing that your uncle has the same name until last night when there was a family gathering, and you called out your uncle’s name, but it was your dog who came in front of you wagging his tail right and left. Naming a dog without giving it a second thought can be quite embarrassing and intimidating at times. So, make sure you take care of all these things before naming your dog.

Thus, above are the few essential tips that you can keep in your mind while naming your dog. There are various dog name generators that you can find online, but use it as a reference in your quest to find a perfect name for your dog.


Harsh Gupta


I am a pet blogger at MPD. When I am not writing, I am sipping on coffee and spending my time with my family. You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram.

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