You have just picked up your impossibly gorgeous, fall-to-pieces lovable, licking, begging, bundle of fur that will soon become your best friend. Now comes the big question of finding good dog names. Finding good Dog Names can be most fun, yet sometimes hard, things to do. With the slightest prompting, dog people will happily stop during their walks to expound effusively on the reasons for their dog’s name. Sometimes dog names are resonant with their dog’s personality. Sometimes with the dog’s provenance, either geographically or biologically, and sometimes with nothing other than a whim, a crazy flight of fancy or a lightning bolt out of the blue. Choosing dog names can set off howls of protest and sizzling debates within families. You must know that this would play a crucial part with how your dog will respond to a command. But did you know that there is actually a science behind naming your dog? Alexandra Horowitz, a canine researcher and dog cognition expert who teaches psychology, canine cognition, and creative non-fiction at Columbia University (Horowitz is also the author of the excellent New York Times bestseller Inside Of A Dog: What Dog, See, Smell, and Know), notes, “For the dog, it is less about the name per se than about the way the name is said.” Yes, even the importance of your new dog’s name is subject to debate. As dogs can’t talk, we can’t know whether the name is more important to the human or the dog. Regardless, there is no way around it: the new canine addition to the family will need a name. So we collected the Top 50 dog names for your Boys and Girls. Top 50 Male Dog Names #1 Bruno #26 Charlie #2 Max #27 Lucky #3 Tyson #28 Dollar #4 Leo #29 Joy #5 Oscar #30 Snoopy #6 Tiger #31 Sam #7 Tuffy #32 Bunny #8 Sultan #33 Google #9 Simba #34 Gabbar #10 Rocky #35 Shiro #11 Coco #36 Alex #12 Casper #37 Shera #13 Buddy #38 Nawab #14 Buzo #39 Rambo #15 Oreo #40 Mac #16 Scooby #41 Tommy #17 Jack #42 Jojo #18 Jacky #43 Bosco #19 Jimmy #44 Bolt #20 Shadow #45 Muffin #21 Pluto #46 Happy #22 Romeo #47 Toby #23 Jerry #48 Noddy #24 Cooper #49 Pogo #25 Dusky #50 Sandy Top 50 Female Dog Name Coco Whisky Jimmy Cookie Lucy Oreo Bella Pari Julie Hazel Candy Laila Jenny Lily Roxy Snoopy Angel Bebo Daisy Molly Sweety Murfin Zara Snowy Tuffy Brownie Zoey Rani Browny Mia Olive Misty Sherry Diana Luna Pearl Cherry Sugar Tipsy Jerry Ruby Kiwi Sandy Gracy Daizy Kuku Stella Eva Maggie Dona Here are some top tips from canine behaviorists to help you pick a name: Keep it Short One of the most common ‘rules’ of dog naming appears to be sticking to one or two syllables which quickly catch a pup’s attention — note that all the popular ones mentioned earlier adhere to this rule. But, it’s probably wise to avoid the most obvious names — imagine the canine confusion at the dog park among various calls of “Fido!” and “Rover!” Try to Stand out Another tip to help pooches pick their names up quickly is to choose one that includes a hard consonant like a “k” or hard “c” in it. Scientific research also shows that dogs can hear the “s” sound much more intensely than humans. Using these letters helps pups distinguish their new names from the rest of the human chitter-chatter — especially dogs with pricked up ears, as these amplify the catchy sounds. Avoid Confusing Names Some experts also advise against giving dogs names that sound like commands — for example, Beau could be confused for ‘no’, Mit for ‘sit’. It’s also worth noting that if you use a command too often, your pooch might start confusing it for his or her name as dogs often use their experiences to associate sounds which lead to personal consequences. So use ‘no’ sparingly! If Adopting an Already Named Dog If you’re adopting a furry friend, chances are they already have a name, but according to experts it’s fine if you want to change it. Remember however that your new pooch may be confused for a while before they recognize the new sound of their name. Help them along by offering a tasty treat or two while you call them to you, this way they learn to associate the new name with things they love! Be Humorous, just not too much While humor is always encouraged, try to avoid choosing a name that might be offensive or too embarrassing to say in public. A good rule of thumb would be to imagine shouting your new pooch’s name in a crowded park. If you can without cringing, it might just pass the test! Change if your don’t Like Whatever mutt moniker you decide on, it’s a good idea to try it out for a few days to make sure it suits your pooch’s personality — and that the sound of the name doesn’t get on your nerves! You don’t have to stick with your first choice, but keep name changes to a minimum to avoid confusing your canine companion. Whatever your pup’s name might be it’s important to say it before any commands e.g. ‘Lulu, fetch the ball’ not ‘Fetch the ball, Lulu’ — this way you know they’re all ears!
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