101 Boy Dog Name Ideas
by Jessi Larson
Need some inspiration to find the perfect name for your boy dog? With so many options, it’s tough to know where to start. Do you go with an elegant boy dog name, like Theodore or Winston? Or a funny name such as McGruff or Sir Barks-a-Lot?
Here’s a fun chart to get the juices flowing and help you find the boy dog name that’s right for you and your new pet.
If we’re getting close but you need to look at a few more names, try our fun dog name generator for more.
And if you like a certain style of name, here are quick links to explore other options in the same category:
Bonus: 4 tips for teaching your dog its name
Once you settle on an option you like, it’s time to teach it to your dog. This might seem like a daunting task, but don’t fret — dogs are very trainable. Just following these 4 easy steps.
- Keep saying it
OK, this might seem obvious, but how many times do you say someone’s name when you’re talking to them? Do you say your friend’s name over and over in a conversation? Probably not, and the same likely goes for your animal. In the early stages, remember to repeat his or her name over and over again so they recognize the sound of it. Make sure you say it when you’re holding your dog, playing with him or some other sort of positive behavior.
- Provide exciting rewards
Pick out a treat, whether it’s a kernel of dog food, a bone or a slice of cheese, and then call your dog over. When your furball joins you, reward him or her with the treat. Continue to do this and mix up the treats each time to keep your puppy off guard. This provides positive reinforce of their name.
- Don’t say it in anger
When your dog does something bad, resist the urge to yell its name, especially in the beginning. By doing this, you’re correlating anger with the dog’s name, and they’ll think it’s a bad thing. Dog’s have an acute sense of hearing and are good at recognizing tones, so try to be even and consistent.
- No nicknames in the beginning
As fun as it is to give your dog a nickname, don’t do it, at least when your first take them home. They’ll be trying to learn their name and don’t need to be confused by another one. Later on you can incorporate a fun nickname, but just make sure they clearly recognize their regular name first.