There are few things that make us as happy as choosing the perfect name for our dog, a name that reflects his/her looks or personality, or just sounds cool. This can be a big commitment, however; after all, your puppy’s name is something that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives and you can’t simply change it if you change your mind. The funny thing is that, according to a survey, half of us choose the same names for our pups and our babies. Rover.com gathered the data of more than 100,000 users in the United States who have had their pets registered and shared with the world the most popular dog names of the year.
In 2015, the most popular names for dogs were reportedly Max and Bella, which are coincidentally also in the top 100 most popular baby names. Other people chose influential characters from the 90’s and named their dogs after them. There are many dogs out there who are called Tupac Shakur, Little Jerry Seinfeld, and Phoebe Bouffay.
According to Rover, pups also get named after foods, drinks and even other animals. So, we have names such as Guinness, Ginger, and Bear. Experts suggest that naming your puppy is no small feat and that some thought should definitely be put into it. Dogs learn their name much more quickly and efficiently if it doesn’t sound similar to a command such as “sit.” A puppy’s name should be short, rhythmic and something that you can say in a variety of different tones, depending on the behavior of the dog.
Professional trainers claim that dogs are extremely sensitive and intuitive, and can sense the emotions of the person as they speak, no matter which words are being used. In other words, how you say their name is much more important than the name itself, so make sure it’s something you can say in many different ways to signify your mood to them.
Now that you know all this, you’re well on your way to choosing a good name for your puppy. To summarize, keep it short, simple and vocal, and don’t make it sound too similar to a command you want to give your dog. And be sure to check out Rover.com’s survey for some ideas!