What's in a name?
Whether you're bringing home a new puppy from a breeder or rehoming an older dog, one of the first decisions you'll have to make is what to name them. It can be worse than trying to name your kids - do you go with a human name or something more canine? Short and sweet or something a bit more unique?
Here are a few quick tips to help you choose a name for your dog:
Don't choose a name that sounds like a command
You'll want a name that's easy for your dog to recognise - normally one or two syllables is best like Rex or Benny - and try not to pick a name that sounds too much like a command that you intend to use with your dog. For example: a name like Bo, although short, probably sounds too much like "no" and will become confusing
Use his appearance / personality
Try waiting a few days when he comes home to see how his personality develops, or look at his physical characteristcs to choose a name. You might name a chocolate labrador Rolo or Coco, or a Great Dane might be called Tiny.
Use similar sounds if renaming an older dog
If you're rehoming an older dog, it's a good idea to keep a similar sounding name, as he'll already be used to it. Our first dog Tess was named Princess when we rehomed her from the kennels, and we chose her name as it sounded familiar to her.
However, sometimes you do have to make a change - our "timeshare" dog was adopted from Battersea Dogs Home where he had the name Bubble. We tried and failed to find a similar sounding name - so started thinking outside the box and he became Charlie!
Find inspiration from books, movies and other famous dogs
We love stories about dogs - our four-legged friends hold a special place in our hearts and we really relate to movies and books about them. Who didn't cry when they watched Marley and Me, or when Old Yeller passed away?
Perhaps you've got a favourite book or movie about a dog, and you'd like your very own Lassie, Snowy or even a Hooch!
Remember you'll be using your dog's name in public
It might sound like fun at home, but consider you'll be using your dog's name out in public. You can guarantee if you call him something like Sir Woofetty Woofs-a-Lot, he's going to completely ignore you when you're calling him in a crowded area, just to make sure everyone gives you funny looks!!
I'd love to hear your dog's name and how you chose it - feel free to share your stories in the comments!