The Right Pet Name






There is nothing as exciting as getting a new pet, whether it is a cat, dog, gerbil or whatever.

The idea of having a warm and fuzzy friend fills most everyone’s heart with a feeling of joy.

The excitement that comes from the preparation, if there are children around is almost like celebrating Christmas all over again.

The day finally comes, you bring your new pet home and suddenly you are faced with a dilemma. What do we name him/her?

Naming your pet, especially if the pet will be taken outdoors needs some consideration. A name is a reflection of you and of your pet and should be approached with a little bit of caution.

Cutesy names like Meow, Kitty, Dog, Mutt, Blunderpuss or Scat are acceptable when the puppy or kitten is little, but can you imagine being outside and calling your pet in.

If your pet is going to be out and about meeting people. You need a name that will not scare the faint of heart away. A name like Charger or Brutus gives an impression of an aggressive pet that is not overly friendly. While Charley, Lucky or Lady gives the impression of a friendly pet.

Whatever name you give your pet, remember it is one that you will be saying a dozen times a day or more.

You will be using it for training purposes, for praising or scolding and for trying to gets its attention.

Do not pick a name that sounds like a command you will use in training. Names like Moe or Joe sound like the word “no” and will be hard for a pet to distinguish. Long names never last as people always tend to shorten them. Of course, long names are great on the AKC registering papers, but not for calling the dog in from the backyard.

Consider your dog’s breed and heritage when thinking of a name.

We had a rottie that we named Teufel, which is German for devil. As it turned out the name was very appropriate.

Possibly, if we had given more serious thought to his name, we would have picked something gentle, in hopes that it would have affected his personality as he grew.

Do not feel that you have to name your pet the moment you bring it home. Take a day or two in order for your pet’s personality to come forth. Let your pet adjust to you and its new life. Many times while you both are adjusting to each other the right name will just “pop up.”

It is said that cats respond more quickly to names that end in an “e” sound like Smokey, Bandi, Missy, and such. We have used that philosophy in naming most of our cats. However, Miss Tiger and Boots seem to come when called with no problems.

Whatever you decide to name your pet, give it some thought, be comfortable with it and then just enjoy your pet.




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