What’s in a name?
When you get a new puppy, one of the first things you do is pick out a name for your cute little friend. For me, I’ve always picked out a human-like name because I talk to my dogs like they’re people. I’d find it hard to have a conversation with a dog named “Pickle” (and to take their opinion seriously). I met a dog named Burger once and I absolutely loved that name, so I’m not totally against non-traditional names.
Whether you name your dog after your favourite food, celebrity, or anything else, your puppy’s name becomes an important part of their personality. Sometimes seeing what other people have named their dogs can help you to decide on one for your own. On the other hand, if you like to go against the grain, seeing what other people have named their dog can let you know what names you could avoid.
From a training perspective, I recommend my students pick names that have either two or three syllables. A name like “Leo” is easier to distinguish for your dog than “Leonardo” or “Lee”. In the end though, it’s completely up to you. My grandpa had six dogs since my mom was a little girl. Five of those six dogs were named Mickey and just one was named Chico. I guess when you find something you like, it’s good to stick with it.
Here are some popular dog names that can help get your creative juices flowing.
The American Kennel Club has put together a list of the top 100 dog names based on the thousands of dogs who’ve entered their competitions over the years. Is your dog’s name somewhere on this list?
Have you heard of Toby the hipster dog? He’s the trendiest dog I’ve ever seen. He’s got a popular Instagram account that you can check out here.
Just like fashion and music, name trends change from year to year. Here are some of the trendier names that were popular last year.
Most popular for 2015
For years, the most popular dog breed has been the Labrador Retriever. When you’re picking out a name, do you go with what’s popular or with something unique?
Whether your style is to go with the flow or to avoid having the same name as other dog owners, here are the most popular dog names for 2015.
What do you call your dog and where did that name come from? Does it suit their personality, did you like the sound of it or was it something else? Did you wait until you met your new puppy to name it, or did you know right away what any dog you had was going to be called?
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