100 Top Popular Boy Dog Names 2023
If you go to the dog park, you are bound to hear a wide range of unique and different names. From the “Scouts” to the “Apples,” there is no name too far-fetched (forgive the pun) or out there. But when it comes down to deciding a name, it can be equally stressful as it is fun. Your dog is bound to have a larger-than-life personality – so how can you choose a name to fit them? And your preferences? Well, a good start is looking at some of the most popular names and seeing if any call your name – or, more specifically, your dogs.
Tips for choosing a name
When choosing a dog name, there are a few things to keep in mind. Although you can ultimately choose whichever name you please, experts recommend avoiding a few things.
Keep it short and sweet. If you’ve ever had a dog – or know some dog owners – you know that whatever name is chosen is often dwindled down and morphed into an array of nicknames. From Theodore to Teddy or Eleanor to Ellie – many people will often opt for a shorter version when it comes to calling after or addressing their dog. Experts recommend choosing a two-syllable name to help your dog register and comprehend that this is what they should respond to. If you land on a name that is difficult to say, you might run into problems. Test out a name a few times before permanently dubbing your pooch. See if it rolls off the tongue and feels natural – and can be beckoned at the drop of a hat.
Dog behaviorists explain that short and choppy names register the best. Your dog’s name is actually more so of a cue than a personality trait to them. It is what they hear when they are being summoned, fed, and directed. It is what they associate with training and how they know you are speaking to them. Because of this, keeping the number of syllables down will improve their understanding of their name.
Avoid anything that sounds like a command. The names “Kit” and “Lay” might sound adorable to you – but to your dog, they sound a lot like sit and stay. Because their name is one of the most important things to teach them when it comes to teaching them tricks, you don’t want them to get confused. Choose something that won’t remind them of a command or a reprimand like “No!” Or “Stop!” – two words you might frequently use when your mischievous puppy comes home.
How it sounds matters. The consonants, syllables, and sounds in their name will make a world of difference. As said above, keeping it short is good. But also try to employ specific sounds that end in “ck” or “k.” These hard-sounding ends will command attention. Another good thing to consider is a “sh” sound. These considerations will make it easier for your dog to pick its name out of a sentence or multiple voices.
Test it out for yourself and your pup. You might find that once your dog comes home, the name you had in mind just doesn’t seem to fit their personality. Dog owners know that their beloved canines not only have a mind of their own, but they’re also highly unique and can say a lot without saying a word. Maybe even consider what your dog’s zodiac sign says about them when deciding. The way their stars align can really impact their disposition!
Popular Boy Dog Names From A-Z
So now that we’ve talked about the science behind choosing a name, let’s get to the fun part: the names. Here is a list of popular boy dog names – use them for inspiration, or take one right from the list!
Teaching Your Dog Its Name
After you’ve chosen a name, you might wonder: how can I help my dog to know that this is what they’re going to go by? Alongside other training you will probably be doing when your puppy comes home, teaching them their name is one of the first steps. Showing them commands will be much easier if they can hear and recognize their name.
Use the right tone. If you’ve ever heard someone talking to their dog in a funny voice – it’s not for no reason! Dog’s hearing picks up on our tones, inflection, and noise level. In the beginning, use consistent excited beckons with a high pitch to trigger their ears. Look right at them, and don’t be afraid to act overly joyful – your dog will catch on to this.
Use positive reinforcements. If you call your dog’s name in an excited tone and they look right at you, this is excellent progress! Let them know that that is exactly what they are supposed to be doing when they hear that sound by giving them a treat and lots of praise. Building a positive relationship with their name will set them up for success.
Stay consistent. You are bound to come up with a vast array of nicknames. It’s every dog owner’s kryptonite. But, in the beginning, you want to choose one and stick with it. It can be confusing if you’re bouncing between different variations of a name. Once your dog has their name down, you can start to get creative with funny plays on their chosen name.
Overall, the choice is yours! Whether you want to follow the naming tips or choose from the list above, whatever you name your dog will be something you will say many times a day for the rest of their lives. Get creative and have fun with it!
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