Important things to consider
Getting a puppy is an exciting time filled with wonder and expectations. There are many decisions that you will make while you plan for his or her arrival but one that is often overlooked, or at least not given the consideration it deserves, is naming your hunting dog puppy.
Why does it matter?
You may wonder, why does that even matter? And if the pup is only a companion, it may not make much difference in the long run. But if that new pup is going to be a working dog, your hunting companion, or if you have any plans to compete in hunt tests or field trials, what you name the pup does matter.
- A puppy’s name can make a difference on how well he or she responds to you and the commands you give.
- If you have multiple dogs, names that rhyme or sound similar can cause confusion for everyone.
Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a name for your hunting dog.
Select a name that is easy to pronounce and easy to say. Dogs may respond better to one syllable names, or very simple two syllable ones.
- Be cautious about letting your child pick your dogs name, you may commit yourself to a really horrible name.
Avoid names where the first syllable sounds like “No”. Since NO is a command used for reprimands, we do not want to confuse the puppy.
- Avoid names that sound similar or rhyme with basic commands. For example, SIT – Brit, HEEL – Teal. See list below.
Here are some of the commands we use regularly when training at Otter Tail Kennels. These are common commands used by most training professionals, so it is a good practice to avoid names that sound like or rhyme with these commands.
Final thoughts on naming your hunting dog puppy
Lastly, if you have already named your pup and now realize that the name you chose may not be ideal, don’t fret. Puppies and dogs adjust quickly to new names and are very forgiving. So, just choose a new one and use it often.
Remember, if you really want your retriever to grow and progress in his/her hunting training this year but doing the training yourself sounds overwhelming or maybe your schedule is just too busy to get it done, I’m here to help! You can email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or just give me a call. I would be happy to discuss your goals for your retriever and tell you about the programs I offer.
Until next time, happy retrieving.