Choosing a name for your new pet.

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A new pet in your home is a memorable experience. It is almost like bringing a new baby home from the hospital. And it takes almost as much care. New pets have to be fed and taken care of and LOVED!

One of the fun things to do when you do get a new pet is deciding on a name for it. You can choose a name in any number of ways–and of course there are so many names to choose from. Just remember that the name you give your pet now will be one that you and they will have to live with for a long time. You have to be comfortable calling your pet by that name.

Here are our some useful tips in choosing a name for your new companion. To get you started, Bow Wow Meow has a wide range of pet name types to select from. If you need some more inspiration, the site also has a most popular name lists and a names of the month section.

  • Pick a name that the pet can easily recognise. Animals respond better to one or two syllable names.
  • Choose a name that’s both easy to call out and one that you are happy calling out. Calling out “Jack” or “Zoe” in the park may be far less embarrassing than calling out “Death Breath”!
  • For dogs avoid names that sound like the standard commands of No, Stay, Sit, Come, Down or Fetch. For example “Joe” is probably too close to “No”. It can be difficult for dogs to tell the difference between similar sounding words.
  • If choosing a long name keep in mind the shortened version. A long name will inevitably be shortened, but it may ruin the effect that you were originally looking for.
  • The pet’s breed heritage can provide some useful inspiration. For example Orientals ( Siamese and Burmese) , German (Shepherds, Dachshunds and Schnauzers), French (Poodle), Scottish (Terriers), or Irish (Wolfhounds and Setters). The Human Name and Foreign Name categories may assist here.
  • Waiting a few days to study your pets behaviour can help pick the right name. The Personality, Affectionate and Appearance categories may assist here.
  • Pick a name that will grow with the pet. For example “Kitten” may be less appropriate for a full grown cat.

Other than this, be adventurous!

Naming pets has far more leeway than naming children, where thought has to be given to peer group acceptance, blending first and last names and how the initials may appear.

Share your pets name……the most innovative gets a free Lifebook from Living Years Pets!

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