How to Give Your Dog an Awesome and Meaningful Name

As anyone who's ever had to name a newly adopted pet knows, it's not nearly as easy of a process as it should be.

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When naming your dog, keep it short and considerate of others.

On very rare occasions, it's a breeze. Perhaps you adopted a dog who came from the shelter with a name that fits him or her to a tee. Every so often, you might meet your new pet and the name will just leap to the tip of your tongue. But more often than not, naming a dog is like a wrestling match - especially when other family members are involved. While Hartz® can't help resolve family disputes over pet names, we can help you find great ideas - and offer a few tips. Consider these pieces of advice:

Things to Keep in Mind

Firstly, remember that your dog isn't likely to recognize long-winded, multi-syllable names. Either choose a name that caps at two syllables or - if a longer name is a must for you - be sure there's an easily recognizable nickname. Also, naming your dog anything that rhymes with "treat," "walk," or other keywords used during dog training could be a bad idea... unless you want your pet begging for dog treats every time you try to get his or her attention.

Draw from Literature, Art and Movies

Sometimes a great place to look for fun names is in culture. No need to name your dog after a famous canine, either. While Rin Tin Tin or Lassie are both iconic, other classic character names are just as good.

Draw from Geography

Some people choose to name their rescue dogs after the locales from which the animals came. Don't feel the need to be too literal. For instance, a dog rescued from the New Orleans, Louisiana, area could be called "Nola" for N.O., LA.

Draw from History

There are plenty of rich historical characters and events to draw influence from as well. Just think of the many kings and prime ministers your chubby English Bulldog can derive his own stately title from!

Be Daring

Remember, you're not naming your kid here. Dogs won't be ashamed of their names or ever want to change them - although try and be considerate. Shouting out epithets or curses at the dog park might be embarrassing for you.