Dog Names - Get Your Dog to Answer to a New Name
Have you ever heard a dog's name and just had to ask the owner, "Where or how did you come up with that?" As a dog trainer, I'm always asking this! There are everyday names, unique names, funny names, and some that are hard to spell or even pronounce. I LOVE hearing the stories behind my client's dog's name. Here are the stories behind my dog's names.
"Romeo, oh Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?"
It took me a few days after getting him before I found the perfect name for my Pomeranian.
I was exercising in the early morning prior to all the crazy meetings ahead of me that day, when it came to me. I was a single mom at the time and just wanted to find love.
I know - how cliche, right?
Well, this puppy followed me EVERYWHERE. He was happy to do whatever I asked of him and the way he looked up at me... well, he wasn't a man, but I could tell he had undying love for me!
As I was exercising, I was thinking...."He's a lover.... what's a good name for a lover dog like him?.... Romeo!" And with that, Romeo got his name!
Now 6 years later, Romeo still lives up to his name with his unconditional love. Oh, Romeo!
Izzy's Name Change... or Not
Then there's my mini dachshund, Izzy. We adopted Izzy when she was 2 years old and therefore she came with her name. I, of course, thought "How cute would it be to change Izzy's name to Juliet?! Romeo and Juliet! Cute, right?"
Well, within just a few days of having Izzy and calling her "Izzy-Juliet" (trying to transition into the new name), I learned a lot about Izzy's personality. With her busyness, craziness, and her quirky antics, Juliet just didn't fit her.
Izzy IS an Izzy. It fits her to a "T" and so, we decided there would be no name change for our little girl! Although - we gave her the nickname "Busy-Izzy" which fits her perfectly!
Get Your Dog to Answer to a New Name
If you've adopted a dog (good for you!) that already has a name you'd like to change or you would like to change your dogs name for some other reason, here is a tip to help with that transition:
NEW NAME DOG TRAINING.
Combine both names, the old name first and then the new name. For example, in Izzy's case, when we still thought we wanted to change her name to Juliet, we called her "Izzy-Juliet" to help make the name transition easier.
After a few weeks of doing this, you can drop the old name and your dog should respond to their new name with ease!
So What's In a Dog's Name?
It sometimes represents who we are; our personality, quirkiness or what we LOVE. Sometimes it is what represents our dog; their personality, silliness or what they LOVE. Have fun when choosing a name, but remember this name will be your dog's name for 12 - 17 years.
Here is a list of 2010 Top Dog Names; maybe one of these names will suit your pooch!
Top Male Dog Names
Top Female Dog Names