Of all the commands that you will teach your dog, his or her name is arguably the most important one. Therefore, naming your dog is not just about fun and creativity. When picking a name, it is also important to watch out for the emotion it may evoke. For example:
- Calling your dog “baby” or “puppy” may never allow you to see them as an adult dog. This could lead you to forgive inappropriate behavior from them because they’re just a baby/puppy!
- Naming a dog “Killer”, “War”, or “Brute” could make others fear your dog even if he is the friendliest dog on earth.
- You can cause a great deal of confusion naming your dog “Fire”, “Fore”, or “Incoming”!
Here is a more complete list of some other mistakes that dog-namers often make.