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About The Name of Your New Dog.

Author Julie Nelson.


A purebred puppy will come with a formal pedigree name, usually one allocated to it by the breeder or sometimes one the breeder has allowed you to choose. These are often chosen by criteria that are different to how you need to choose the everyday pet name or call name of your pet. Every formal name has to be prefixed by the breeder’s kennel name which is registered with their registering body and there are various restrictions on what they can and can’t use including repeating a name which has already been associated with that prefix and how many letters they can use. Often these names are chosen using inspiration from scenery, songs, poems and various themes which the breeder feels sounds good and elicit good feelings when it’s placed behind thaeir kennel name. Most often the name the dog is called officially on its papers is not the name it is given by the owner as a pet name because whilst it may sound good for rest of the world it’s just not practical for the or comfortable for the owner for everyday use.
What is much more important to a person who will live with the dog and have to use the dog’s name in their daily life is the choice they make for their dog’s pet name or call name. The human equivalent is about the same as a Nick name.
At first glance it may seem like a strange thing to take into much account but choosing your dog’s call name is a bit trickier than choosing a human’s name. It’s not just about whether you like it, and whether it sounds good with your surname. Though of course on the plus side you don’t need to consider how their friends will tease them about it or how difficult it may be for them to learn to say or how difficult it will be for them to write  and spell it .
Here are a couple of things you will need to take into account
1.      You need to consider the importance of training and how easy it is for the dog to recognise the name. Short names are best as long names are not the best for issuing a training command to your dog. You need a dog name that your puppy can easily recognise. Research tells us that puppies respond better to one or two syllable names.
2.      Choose a dog name that is easy to call out. Practice using it as if you are calling a dog to see how easy and comfortable it is to use before making your final choice.
3.      Don’t use dog names that sound like everyday training instructions e.g. Sit, Stay, catch, fetch come etc. as it isn’t easy for dogs to tell the difference between similar sounding words.
4.      Think about how the name will feel as your dog grows. E.g. 'baby' may not be something you want for a mature dog.a
5.      Some dog names can cause those that come in contact with your dog to judge them based on their name. Even though you don’t  have to be concerned when you name  your pet about peer teasing and acceptance as you do, when you name a child, your dog’s image to other humans is something you may need to think about. Though sometimes intimidating names might be an advantage, i.e. guard dogs, but dog names generally convey the image of the dog to others.
6.    The roles of working dogs are often used to help when the dog’s names are being chosen by their owners and so too are the particular breed characteristics or the country of origin. Beagles like to wander so many beagle puppy buyers over the years have opted for names such as Indy, Darwin etc. and Maremma Sheepdog originated in Italy so Maremma Puppy buyers often give their puppies Italian Names such as Bella or Bruno.
Whichever way you make the choice – it’s just not as easy as it sounds. It’s something you have to say and use many times each day for up to two decades so it’s worth taking some time to think it over. 

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