The success of last year’s Marvel movies inspired a lot of dog names, according to Banfield Veterinary Hospital, however none of them made the top 10 list of the most popular dog names of 2018. While coming up with the *perfect* name is one of the exciting parts of getting a dog, names aren’t just about a title, they’re a tool that you’ll use for many years.
- Prepare for the worst…behavior. Like us, dogs are not perfect. So, it’s very possible there will be times that you’ll need to yell this name very loudly…in front of company, down the hall, out your back door, and in the park. Make sure it’s a yellable name.
- Avoid names that sound like commands. Think twice before choosing a name that rhymes with “No” or “Stay”. Dogs are smart, but we don’t want to confuse them.
- Keep it curt. Dogs will eventually learn just about any name, but you’ll make training and life in general a lot easier on them—and you—if you choose a one- or two-syllable name. You’ll do even better if it has a hard consonant.
- Make it last. It may be tempting to borrow a name from today’s hottest celebrity or a character from this season’s blockbuster movie, but you will likely have your companion well past that star’s expiration date, and that could get awkward.
No matter what name you choose, be sure to spend time with your dog teaching it to him or her—especially for adult dogs who come to you with a different name. And don’t forget your secret weapons—plenty of praise and lots of dog treats!