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Q: How do you know whats the right name for a dog?

April 23, 2009 | By Marigny D. | 13 answers | Expired: 2023 days ago

Marigny D.

My husbands friend gave have us a dog unexpectedly. He is a greyhound. We love him now like family even if we olny had him for week. The only problem is that our whole family disagrees with each others choice of name. Maybe you could post some names or any pet name websites. How did you name your dog or cat? Thanks!

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Tiana0rawks
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May 04, 2009

Sparky
Kong
Sheba
Zeus
Socks
Boots
Tipper
Chip
Bean
Chico
Lucky
Mitzi
Penny
Prince
Robin
Truffle

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Stephanie
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Apr 29, 2009

My orange tabby Grease has a few spots of black fur - it looks like he rubbed against something greasy! And Buddy is very friendly and sweet. It took about a week or so to name Buddy. A good name will come to you!

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Rita  K.
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Apr 28, 2009

When we went to pick up our first dog, my dad stopped and got the mail first. An issue of the country music magazine had come that day with a picture of Tammy Wynette on the cover. Thus, our dog was named Tammy. Our other dogs, Snitch and Lilly where already named when we got them. We found out how Snitch got her name when shoes and gloves went missing, then turned up in the lawn, on the porch, etc. Our cat Holly showed up one Christmas Eve. Its fun when pets have names that have stories behind them, so look out for incidents that show your pets personality.

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Maria P.
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Apr 26, 2009

let the dog alone on the name issue for a while and see how it acts. then figure out some names and vote on them. Pick a name that fits the dog. good luck!

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Brandi O.
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Apr 25, 2009

okay the dog off of the simpsons name was santa's helper he was a gray hound the kids might like that also you can google pet's names put everyone fav in a hat and pull a name and then the next name can be the middle name until everyone has a name the dog can have middle names and evedryone will feel like the had a part in picking the name or if you can make a word out of the first letter of each name everyone likes like Bob Rabbit Apple Ned Don Ice take the first letter and it makes Brandi good luck hope this helps let me know the name :)

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Amber
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Apr 25, 2009

well, i would say to steer clear of any names that sound too much like other words that get used very commonly...nothing taht sounds too much like "No", or too much like the name of a human in your household. it would be less confusing for all parties involved...pets, kids and parents.

5 of our 6 critters came by their names honest. Pepper the dog was almost solid black, thus the name based on physical attributes. as for the cats, Churp sounded more like a tiny bird than a cat as a kitten. Butterball ate like crazy as a baby and is still a chubby wubby little guy. Spot has a white spot in the middle of his orange tabby back. and as the kittens grew up, Scooter became better coordinated, faster, more agile...always a step ahead of the other kittens, so Scooter just kind of made sense. Gracie came with her name...as a tiny kitten in a shelter, her name was Sophia, her first owners changed her name to Gracie, and when he adopted her, my husband just stuck with the name Gracie.

on another note, while i'm sure that this friend meant well, i hope that y'all can politely explain to them that since a dog is easily a 10 - 20 year commitment to caring, loving, and serious expenses, a pet should NEVER be given as a "surprise". getting a pet isn't a decision to be taken lightly. that happened to my parents neighbors a while back, and like all too many pets who are "gifted" to unsuspecting friends, the poor little critter ended up in a shelter because...well, a pet just wasn't in their plans, and certainly wasn't an appropriate "gift"!

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sherry f.
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Apr 24, 2009

Did he have a name before? If so, maybe try something close to it so that he has an easier time learning it.

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M Evelyn F.
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Apr 24, 2009

Put all the suggested names in a hat and draw one.

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Makayla A.
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Apr 24, 2009

naming pets is always fun, i definitally DO NOT suggest naming it something common, like "lucky" or "max" or "angel" or names that your hear all the time. try to think of things that seem to match the dog's personality, maybe something it respoonds to? or maybe, like how both my parents named me and how my family named our newest dog Ginger, just choose the name that comes to mind when you see them, like that "she's definitally a ginger" kinda thing. i know one of my favorite names i've heard on a dog is Dunkin, which fits great cuz that dog loves sports and it's a sportyish name i think. something unique as a name and to the dog is usually a good way to go ^^
if your family doens't want to agree tho, and it's like kids and parents in the family, i would say parents have the final desicion, because they can usually agree with each other at least and will most likely have more say with how the dog is raised. that's how it is in my house, me and my brother and my parents have always disagree, so my parents get the final say, and it works out fine.
good luck with your new dog, hope he gets a name he likes as well as your whole family likes ^^

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Flowerhead910
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Apr 23, 2009

Try petnamesworld.com. My husband, son and I usually don't agree at first on names, but always works out good.

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