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Q: A Cocker Spaniel?

July 9, 2012 | By Ches21 | 2 answers | Expired: 634 days ago

Ches21

I know most people name dogs by personality, apearance or by the name they seem to like and come to but I am fostering a cocker spaniel next I don't know if it is male or female yet or what colors or the dogs personality just that it is a cocker spaniel what two names would you pick out?

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NonGlassMenagerie
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Jul 10, 2012

The dog doesn't have to be named the minute it crosses your threshhold. Get to know your foster and give it a name that fits it.That's how every othr fosterer does it. They don't have a list of names and assign the next one on the list when they get a new foster. They spend time with them, get to know them and their pesonalities, and name accordingly. Otherwise you end up with a couch potato named Wiggles, a white pet named Inky, or a male named Lady. You're putting the cart before the horse, so to speak, by picking names before you ever meet them. They're individuals with their own personalities and traits. They deserve to have a name that fits them.

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Kelly
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Jul 10, 2012

I totally agree with NGM. There's no reason to have a name picked out before you even meet the dog. It takes me a few days, at least, to name mine.

As far as generic info goes, the rules of thumb are:1) to pick a name that is easily recognized by the pet...in other words don't get too complicated, 2) pick a name that is easy to say or call out, 3) avoid names that sound like commands (i.e. one syllable names that end in "o" may sound too much like "no", etc), 4) pets tend to respond better to names ending in the long "e" sound, 5) pets respond better to heartfelt, happy sounding names (probably because of voice intonation). Say the name 50 times out loud before you label a pet with it to see how it feels on the tongue and how you feel about it after having to repeat it so often. Also, since this is a foster and will be put up for adoption, consider how the name sounds to prospective adopters.

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