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Top Dog Names

Our dogs can become a big part of our families, so naming them can be become just as big of a deal. With unlimited cute puppy names to choose from, deciding what to name your pup can be quite a process. If you’re struggling to find just the right one among the many top dog names, Ilana Krieger, owner of PhD Pups Dog Training in Milford, Massachusetts, has some tips. Ilana says the important thing to keep in mind is to use a name that is not close in sound to the basic commands. “I recommend a two-syllable name, because the commands—sit, stay, off, place—are all one syllable,” she says.

Another tip to keep in mind when naming your dog is to make sure that everyone in the house is on board with the name, so you can avoid confusing your dog. “The dog isn’t like a human, who can internalize a name and several nicknames. He can learn to respond to one name only,” she says. When you only use one name repeatedly, dogs will learn to become more responsive to it and, thus, the name will be more effective for training purposes.

When it comes to the top dog names in the nation, you’ll see a slight skew towards human monikers, which could be a sign that pet parents see their dogs more and more like their own children. Besides just human names, pet parents are turning to popular culture to solve their dog naming dilemma. Many pet parents have named their dog after a movie or TV character, book character or celebrity. Other interesting sources of inspiration for top dog names include society’s powerful women (Eleanor Roosevelt, Coco Chanel, Madonna), popular foods (Taffy, Brandy, Peaches) and wild animal-themed names (Bear, Moose, Tiger).

Check out the top 10 most popular dog names right now:

Male Dog Names

  1. Max
  2. Charlie
  3. Buddy
  4. Cooper
  5. Jack
  6. Rocky
  7. Bear
  8. Duke
  9. Toby
  10. Tucker

Female Dog Names

  1. Bella
  2. Lucy
  3. Daisy
  4. Lola
  5. Luna
  6. Molly
  7. Sadie
  8. Sophie
  9. Bailey
  10. Maggie

Once you choose a dog name out of the many cute puppy names out there, the next step is getting your pooch to respond to it. Some tasty dog treats can make the process easier. Try feeding your pup a Wellness Soft Puppy Bites Dog Treat after you say his new name so he learns to perk up once he is called. Once he gets used to his name, basic training, like potty training (Frisco Training & Potty Pads are a great option) and leash training become a walk in the park. For those training slip-ups, there is Nature’s Miracle Dual Action Stain & Odor Remover that penetrates deep into the surface of hard wood floors to get rid of stains and odors.

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