Whether you’ve brought home a new puppy or you’ve adopted a older dog from the shelter, you are going to have to think of a name for him that suits him and you! While you may have a list of male dog names planned out, you may realize that they are pretty inappropriate to the dog that you actually have and more often than not, you’ll find yourself going back to the drawing board with regards to your new canine companion. There are lots of things to keep in mind when you are naming your dog, some of which are not obvious until you think about it.
The first thing to do is to make sure that your dog’s name isn’t going to embarrass you if you need to call for him in a crowded park. Try it before you get his collar engraved. Go to your back doorstep and try yelling his name. If you blush or have problems doing that, than you might want to reconsider.
Remember, there are a lot of sources to get ideas from. There are spanish dog names with meanings that can help you find a catchy name with a story behind it.
Think about what your dog will respond to. “Ozymandius” is a bit of a mouthful, and your dog will have trouble understanding that the multiple syllables refer to him. On the other hand “Ozy” is a good compromise because it has a hard distinct consonant sound that is easy to hear and that your dog will be able to easily distinguish from normal conversation.
Remember that there are other words that you want your dog to recognize besides his name, so give him a hand and don’t give him a name that is easily confused with a command word. “Kit” seems like a fine name for puppy until you start trying to teach him to sit, especially if you’ve been training him to come when you call his name!
Much like naming a child, you are going to want a name to that will grow with your dog. Naming him Tiny may be perfect when he’s a cute little ball of fluff, but it might get you some strange looks when you’re walking your St Bernard/German shepherd mix.
There are lots of places to get male or female dog names with meanings from. Get advice from family and friends and just get to know your new canine companion. Sometimes, the perfect name will present itself when you are playing with him, and sometimes, you just need to read or see the right thing. Your dog’s going to be with you for years to come, so make sure you’re happy with his name whether you’re telling him to drop the ball or signing him in for a vet visit!