What Should I Name my Puppy?
125 Most Popular Dog Names
If you have just welcomed a lovable pup into your life, you may be asking yourself, “What should I name my puppy?”
Choosing what to name your dog is quite often a challenging task and can feel a bit overwhelming at times. Whatever you decide to call your Mini Goldendoodle, it should be an exciting and fun experience!
Some dogs are named based upon their personality. For example, if your dog chews a lot, a name like Chewy would seem relevant. Others are named based on their appearance. For instance, if your dog is a reddish-brown color, Rusty might seem appropriate. Many people pick a name because they like the sound of it. With a little creativity and brainstorming, you will eventually find the perfect name for your Mini Goldendoodle.
5 Tips for Naming Your Puppy
1. Avoid Names that Rhyme with Dog Commands
When training a dog, you will be using words like "Sit" "Stay" "No" and “Down." Giving your dog a name like “Syd,” which sounds very much like “sit” or a name like “Joe” which sounds very close to “No” may be very confusing for a dog. Try to avoid this as much as possible.
2. Keep it Short and Simple
While names like “Maximilian” and “Cappuccino” are unique, most dog trainers suggest using shorter syllable names. 2-syllable dog names are most common because the shorter length in sound quickly catches a puppy’s attention.
3. Stay Away from Awkward Names
Many people love to get creative when naming their dog. While saying words like “Poopy” are funny to kids and those handfuls of adults, I would not recommend naming your dog a name like that. Think about how the name would sound to others when calling for your pet. Would you be comfortable yelling “Poopy!” in a public place like a dog park? If not, I would advise coming up with a different name.
4. Use Movies, Weather or Foods for Inspiration
Experiment with names from iconic movies like Marley, from Marley and Me. Weather-related names like Frosty or Stormy are always fun. Other popular dog names may be inspired by different kinds of foods, like Coco, Bagel or Burrito.
5. Test the Name Out
Once you have narrowed down your list of names, practice calling the name out loud. It is helpful to test it out to exclude hard-to-say names. Which name feels most natural to say? Which one does your dog respond to best?
If you’re still having trouble deciding on a name, try a name generator to pick one for you. Or have each person in your family write down their favorite name on a sheet of paper and have the youngest child pick the winner. Better yet, choose your top 3 names and create a poll on social media and have your friends and family help you decide.
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