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AKC Dog Name Finder

Dog Name Finder

Dog Names

    Suggestions to consider when naming your pooch:
    • Names often reflect the character of your pet. Observe your dog for a few days and see if his personality suggests a name. Is he regal? Does she always want to be the center of attention? If so, how about “King” or “Star”?
    • Short, sweet and easily recognizable names work best in getting your dog to be responsive. Use a name that is one or two syllables, ending with a vowel, such as “Sadie” or “Rocky.”
    • Don’t choose a name that is too long or difficult to say. A name such as “Sir Barks A Lot” will only confuse your dog.
    • Avoid names that sound like commands. Names like “Joe” sound like “no” when called.
    • Pick a name that will fit your dog regardless of his age. For example, a puppy named "Fuzzy" may not be a good fit after he grows into adulthood.
    • Don’t name your dog after a friend or family member without getting their prior permission. You never know who could be offended.
    • Test out the name you would like to give your dog for a day or two. Remember any name you give your dog will be a 10-to-15-year commitment for the life of the dog.
    • After you chose a name for your dog make sure you use it often so he can learn it more quickly.
    • Don’t raise your voice every time you call him, and try to use his name in positive, playful settings, such as when you feed him, play with him or pet him.