Many families will expand this holiday season because Santa will deliver a new pet! Few things can bring smiles to faces of all ages like a new puppy, kitten, or even pet fish can. After the new pet is welcomed into the family, naming it becomes the next order of business. Choosing pet names can be a difficult task especially when there are multiple decision-makers. Here are some tips that will make this important responsibility easier.
Step 1: Decide what type of name to give the pet. More than half of all names for pets are the same as either human names or nicknames. People tend to name animals in the same manner as they would name themselves. One fifth of pet owners base their pet’s name on the personality or appearance of the animal. For example, a black cat may be named Midnight or a pampered pooch might be dubbed Princess or King.
Step 2: Realize that the name of the pet will be uttered many times each day to call the animal, provide praise, and even deliver some scolding when the pet misbehaves. Select a name that is easy and not embarrassing to call out in public. Naming a puppy Poopiehead because it goes to the bathroom frequently may sound cute now but imaging yelling it across the dog park.
Step 3: Choose a one or two-syllable name because this will be easier for the pet to recognize. In addition, the family will probably tire of saying a long name and will shorten it to something that may not have the same effect or meaning as the original version.
Step 4: When naming a dog, avoid names that sound similar to behavioral commands such as sit, stay, fetch, down, come, or no. The name Joe sounds a lot like no and a dog may not be able to distinguish the subtle difference in sound.
Step 5: Observe the behavior of the pet for a few days before deciding on a name because it might provide some ideas. The name George is very suitable for a curious cat (Curious George) and Kisses might be the perfect name for a tiny dog that loves to lick.
Step 6: Select a name that will suit the pet over the years. When a cat is full grown, the name Kitten may not be appropriate. Consider the breed and nationality of the pet because a foreign name with a desired meaning may be a good choice.