Getting a new dog is very exciting and you have many things to think about such as where they will sleep and how you will play with them. One small but important detail is the name you give to your pet. When getting a puppy, the name you give them is really up to you, but we have a list of things you should consider when choosing the perfect dog name.
Avoid names that sound similar to commands. Although dogs have very high hearing capabilities, it is still worthwhile to have distinguishing sounds between calling their name and telling them to do something. For example, a name like ‘Shae’ sounds a lot like ‘stay’.
In relation to the length of the name, it is generally best to have a one or two-syllable name as they are recognised and communicated easier. Long names can still work but it is a good idea to come up with a shortened nickname.
Another thing to think about is that when you take your dog out on walks or to the park you will be calling their name in public. So, pick a name that you a comfortable saying in front of strangers, vets and other dog owners.
You can also wait a few days after receiving the dog to see its behaviour before deciding on a final name. You may like to name it based on its personality and behaviours. Another benefit of holding off on the name is you are more likely to choose a name that you are satisfied instead of rushing into a bad name. When a dog reaches adulthood, it can be difficult to change their name, so we recommend that you choose a name that rhymes with or sounds similar to its previous name.