Selecting a name for your pet is a huge responsibility. If you're struggling to find the perfect name for the latest member of your family, follow these steps and you'll be engraving your pet's ID tag in no time at all.
Keep it G-rated. Make sure you choose a name that you will never be embarrassed to repeat to children and old ladies in the park. Some people might think it's cute or clever to name their dog after their favorite beer but others might find it offensive when you introduce "Corona Light" to the neighborhood.
Choose a name that is 1 or 2 syllables and isn't hard to pronounce. Some experts say dogs and cats respond best to names that end in "y" or "ie". Keep in mind that longer names lend themselves naturally to nicknames, so if you choose a longer name, make sure you like its corresponding nicknames.
Consider what your new pet looks like. If a black and white spotted dog looks like an Oreo, go with it. (Or in my case, if your golden retriever looks like an old Irishman, name him Seamus!)
Consider your new pet's personality. Maybe she prances throughout your house and deserves the title of Queenie. Or perhaps he bounces all over your yard and you want to call him Thumper.
You might want to name your pet after a family member. Just be careful who you name pets after; some people in the family might find it offensive that you've named your pit bull after your mother-in-law.
It might sound egocentric, but maybe you'll want to name your pet after an event or hobby that has special meaning to you. A distance runner we know named his running dog Miles.
If you're still struggling to come up with a name, you can always resort to movies, television, celebrities, the internet, a baby book, etc. The internet and baby books will help you determine the popularity of the name and where the meaning is derived from.
Make it a family affair. Ask everyone you know for their opinion...you're bound to come up with countless names when you solicit the advice of others.
Your pet deserves to have a name you're both proud of. Don't be afraid to take your time choosing his name. After all, he'll be a part of your family for a long long time!
This article was written by Katie Deen who's sponsored by Discount-Pet-Mall. An great source for crates, and dog carriers.