Animal Life: What's In A (Pet) Name?

Mar 28, 2014

Is that Rudy? Or maybe it's Bridget.
Credit Kate Richardson

Adopting a new pet is easy. But naming it can be a real challenge.

You'll be using the name several times a day to socialize and train your pet, so there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Studies have found that our pets respond better to one or two syllable names. So it's safe to say that Ditto Dippin' Dots may not work.

Avoid names like Joe, for example, which sound very close to "no." The same goes for Sid, which has the same sound as "sit."

Some names create images that can be unpleasant to hear when hanging out at the dog park. I've met many sweet, lovable dogs named killer. And the only thing they'll kill you with are kisses.

So, what's your pet's name?