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5 Ways to Choose a Unique Name for Your Dog

By Odie Blog Editors on June 11, 2021

Congratulations, you got a dog! There’s nothing like bringing home a new furry friend for the first time – endless snuggles, tons of slobbery kisses, & marathon play sessions. But, before you get to any of that, it’s time for the hard part, picking a name for your furry friend. This can be a difficult decision because this is the name you will be saying and hearing for the rest of your time with this dog. Every dog owner wants their dog’s name to be unique, creative, cool, and, of course, uncommon. There’s a lot to consider when picking out a name because there are so many factors that need to be taken into account. To make this decision a little less stressful, we have provided you with our best tips for choosing the perfect name for your new furry friend!

Choose a Good Dog Name That Ends With a Vowel

Most names with vowels change the tone when saying it aloud. For example, when you call your dog, they will be able to tell the emotion behind your voice and can even distinguish frequency levels at a higher range than we can. With vowel names, it is a lot easier to get your dog’s attention rather than a name ending with a consonant. In fact, many experts recommend picking a pet name that ends in a long vowel or a short “a.” Not only are there benefits to picking a pet’s name with a vowel, but they also have a nice ring to them. 

Stick With Two Syllables

According to experts, long pet names should be avoided. Most of the time, they end up being shortened, so what’s the best option? Two syllable names create the perfect balance that rolls right off your tongue. A great way to test this theory is by repeating the name a bunch of times. This helps you determine if you are comfortable saying this particular name over and over again, which you will have to do with your new furry friend. Make it easy on yourself by narrowing it down to your 2 favorite pet names and testing them out before you make the final decision.

Don’t Pick a Clever One That Might Get Confused With Commands

It is very important that you consider the commands you will be giving your dog on a regular basis. You do not want to choose a name that sounds very similar to these commands, otherwise, your dog will get confused. For example, the dog name Bo could be mistaken for the word “no.” You do not want to be sending your dog the wrong signals and most importantly not confuse them during their training period. 

Choose a Name That’s Unlike Your Other Pets or Family Members

If you have other pets, it is important to choose a name that does not sound similar to the ones you have already chosen. Try and avoid names that rhyme with one another to make things easier for your dogs to understand, otherwise, this will totally confuse your dogs. Although it is extremely cute to have matching and/or names that rhyme with one another, it ultimately makes it harder for your dogs to understand who you are trying to communicate with. 

Think of Your Dog’s Personality

Your dog’s personality is a great way to help you decide on a name. Think about characteristics or traits that truly capture who your dog is and what they mean to you. Does your dog run really fast, sleep all day, love to eat, or super crazy? These examples are all fantastic traits to help you decide on a name for your dog. Remember to dig deep and be creative when thinking of these names. Whatever name you end up with, your dog will love you just the same.

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