Puppy name help

Posted By: Aggs

Puppy name help - 11/18/14 08:57 PM

I am anxiously awaiting news from my breeder about the litter that's about to be born any day. We are #1 on the wait list for a chocolate male labrador retriever. Fingers crossed there is a chocolate boy in there!

To combat some of my anxiety over this whole thing, I am thinking of potential names. We don't like human names for pets but we can't agree on anything other than that. I like Moose and Bowser (hubby doesn't). I also need something that my kids can pronounce easily and that's appropriate for them (I don't want my 3 year old running around yelling "whiskey!") laugh

Anyone have any suggestions? confused
Posted By: Hobbes

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:00 PM

My grandfather had a dog named "hereheis".

Here. He. Is.

Don't ask, I don't know why.
Posted By: Skittles

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:02 PM

You said chocolate boy so I'm 'assuming' lab - right.
Posted By: manimal

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:02 PM

That's what I was going to ask, what kind of dog?
Posted By: thomasj

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:06 PM

For training purposes you should chose a name with two distinct syllables, it seems that they are able to pick their name out better. Most basic obedience commands are one syllable so it helps to differentiate their name from the command.

Whatever name you choose, a basic obedience class is a must if you've never done one before. The training is more for the humans than the dog, so the whole family should participate.

Good luck!
Posted By: RR Becca

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:06 PM

Are you Harry Potter fans? I think it would be fun to have a dog (or pony) named Norbert.
Posted By: Aggs

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:10 PM

Yes, a lab. Sorry!

I like 2-syllable names, I'd heard the same thing about being easier for the dog to learn.
Posted By: Aggs

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:11 PM

We are big Harry Potter and LOTR fans. Well, I'm a Tolkien nerd so yeah...

I wanted to get a little pug and call him Bilbo Baggins. LMAO
Posted By: Matt_B

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:11 PM

^^ I was going to say the same about the two syllables thing. We were told by trainers that two should be the goal, no more no less. Not one, less it be in counting to two, not three. Two.

It also helps in that you can say their name with different inflections to impart attitude.

Also, stay away from names that rhyme/sound similar to commands that you intend to teach the pup.

(True to form, compliance people are much better at describing what you shouldn't do than what you should!)

I think it'd be hard to pick a name before picking the dog. We waited until we had him picked and were bringing him home. Decided on the drive home.
Posted By: Aggs

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:16 PM

Oh, I agree. Final decision will be made when we meet him. But we want to have a list of options because otherwise my kids are going to name him Max. They name every. single. farkling. thing. Max. laugh
Posted By: Matt_B

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:18 PM

Sméagol!!

Okay, that probably wouldn't be nice.
Chewie?
Gandalf (Full, formal name, Gandalf the brown. Since Radagast is too many syllables)
Posted By: Carolina Blue

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:19 PM

I've always liked Biscuit and Peanut for dog names.
Posted By: edAudit

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:19 PM

pies
Posted By: Aggs

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:22 PM

Originally Posted By: edAudit
pies
laugh

Or piesek. wink

Originally Posted By: Matt_B
Sméagol!!

Okay, that probably wouldn't be nice.
Chewie?
Gandalf (Full, formal name, Gandalf the brown. Since Radagast is too many syllables)


I want a Gandalf so badly... I wanted to get a white lab so that we could call him Gandalf. Radagast just doesn't flow as a name...

I thought Gimli but that'd be a better name for a shorter, fat dog. lol
Posted By: Skittles

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:22 PM

I have a friend with a golden retriever named Biscuit.
Posted By: Aggs

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:23 PM

Borrowing from the cornbread thread, I should call him Jiffy. laugh
Posted By: Bobby Boucher

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:25 PM

I completely understand about not wanting the kids talking about whiskey. So, how about Bourbon? Scotchy-scotch-scotch?

Or, in the off chance you didn't like^^^, and assuming he has beautiful, long, flowing hair:
Click to reveal..
Brady! (just explain to your Wolverine-loving hubby that it refers to Tom, and not his soon-to-be former head coach wink )
Posted By: PATSGirl74

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:26 PM

Hershey is always cute for any "chocolate" pet

Sticking with LOTR .... Bilbo is cute but fair warning a 3-yr old mispronouncing that could be pretty bad

My dog was Remy (after Remy LeBeau from the X-Men)
Posted By: Aggs

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:31 PM

You hit it on the head - Brady would've been on the list if it weren't for Brady Hoke! laugh
Posted By: E.E.G.B

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:31 PM

Originally Posted By: Aggs
Oh, I agree. Final decision will be made when we meet him. But we want to have a list of options because otherwise my kids are going to name him Max. They name every. single. farkling. thing. Max. laugh


It's BOB at my house. EVERYONE is Bob.

I always wanted to get a pair of matched bloodhounds and name them Beauregard (accent on the BEAU, of course) and General Lee.
Posted By: CompliantOkie

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:33 PM

I prefer names that end in the y sound. Our JRT is Sadie. Broke the rule with our heeler named Scout so I end up calling him Scouty.

I think Gimli would be a really cute name. What about something from the countries where you grew up?
Posted By: Peepers

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:32 PM

I just go to the humane society for my pets...and then I pick human names
Posted By: RR Sarah

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:34 PM

Do you like hockey? The people that have the brother to my dog are hockey fans and named him Easton.
Posted By: DD Regs

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:34 PM

Along those same lines I was thinking Nestlé
Posted By: Skittles

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:35 PM

What about Ganache? Sounds a little foo-foo, but certainly goes with the theme.
Posted By: Peepers

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:36 PM

Fondue
Posted By: Skittles

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:38 PM

Peepers - I actually love that. Of course it's not my dog. Ha!
Posted By: edAudit

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:40 PM

Woof
Posted By: ROC

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:45 PM

Dee Oh Gee – yes I like the name D-O-G for a dog

I also like Cee Ay Tee for a cat.

Or you can use Dominus or Domina (male or female) which is Latin for master; because we all know the dogs are the real masters in the relationship. Ok going back to my corner now.
Posted By: Hoosierland

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:44 PM

Originally Posted By: CompliantOkie
I prefer names that end in the y sound. Our JRT is Sadie. Broke the rule with our heeler named Scout so I end up calling him Scouty.


We tend to go this route, too. Our first pug was Ebenezer, and we called him Neezie. Our other four have been rescues so we "kept" their original names, but the names have always evolved into something else. Currently, one of our two is named Gunner but he is known as, among other things, Gunnie.
Posted By: Peepers

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:45 PM

milkshake
Posted By: DD Regs

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:48 PM

"Mieszko"
Posted By: Peepers

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:47 PM

eunuch (if you plan on getting him fixed)
Posted By: DD Regs

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:49 PM

"babka"
Posted By: Peepers

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:48 PM

godiva
Posted By: Peepers

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:49 PM

raisin
Posted By: Peepers

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:53 PM

gourmet
Posted By: Peepers

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:54 PM

sno cap
Posted By: CompliantOkie

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:56 PM

Aww I like Gunnie. That's really cute!
Posted By: Peepers

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:57 PM

truffle
Posted By: Peepers

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 09:57 PM

wonka
Posted By: DD Regs

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 10:02 PM

"Nikki" short for Mikoaj Kopernik [Nicolaus Copernicus]
Posted By: Wolfy

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 10:02 PM

Choc Lab? Joe!!!

Short and simple as labs have the attention span of a gnat.
Posted By: edAudit

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 10:03 PM

MRA
Posted By: RR Becca

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 10:04 PM

Originally Posted By: CompliantOkie
Aww I like Gunnie. That's really cute!


That's my neighbor's puppy's name. He's a blue pit and is that gorgeous gunmetal blue. smile
Posted By: MB Guy

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 10:05 PM

Mr. Green Jeans
Kit Kat
Hershey
Twix(ie)
Posted By: Bobby Boucher

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 10:10 PM

Chocolate......
Click to reveal..
Chip?
Posted By: Peepers

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 10:12 PM

poopeater

that could apply to any dog, anywhere
Posted By: justsayjulie

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 10:20 PM

Auggie or Murphy
Posted By: 'Lil Freak!

Re: Puppy name help - 11/18/14 10:36 PM

Originally Posted By: thomasj
For training purposes you should chose a name with two distinct syllables, it seems that they are able to pick their name out better.


Is that why your bride's name is MonkEE?
Posted By: DeeQ

Re: Puppy name help - 11/19/14 12:06 PM

someone is gonna get his butt kicked...
Posted By: edAudit

Re: Puppy name help - 11/19/14 12:35 PM

Originally Posted By: DeeQ
someone is gonna get his butt kicked...


I do not think that that would be a good name for a dog.
Posted By: Hobbes

Re: Puppy name help - 11/19/14 01:34 PM

Originally Posted By: Bobby Boucher
I completely understand about not wanting the kids talking about whiskey. So, how about Bourbon? Scotchy-scotch-scotch?

Or, in the off chance you didn't like^^^, and assuming he has beautiful, long, flowing hair:
Click to reveal..
Brady! (just explain to your Wolverine-loving hubby that it refers to Tom, and not his soon-to-be former head coach wink )


I guess this would also rule out "Woody". We had two dogs growing up - Woody & Buckeye.
Posted By: Soccer

Re: Puppy name help - 11/19/14 01:43 PM

We had a Golden Retriever back in the day and his name was Strohs.
Posted By: chenin

Re: Puppy name help - 11/19/14 01:50 PM

We just got a new fur baby from the Humane Society on Sunday. They said her name was Raven, but there is NOTHING Raven about her and she didn't respond to that name. We renamed her Pinot (Yes, we like wine!) and she already responds to that!
Posted By: edAudit

Re: Puppy name help - 11/19/14 01:54 PM

Cant you just use your Amulet of Avalor and ask the dog what his name is?
Posted By: Skittles

Re: Puppy name help - 11/19/14 01:59 PM

chenin - LOVE the name.
Posted By: Peepers

Re: Puppy name help - 11/19/14 02:45 PM

will a name ending in a 'no' sound just confuse the dog?

the dog may think, can I pee here or not? I wish the humans would make up their mind
Posted By: RR Becca

Re: Puppy name help - 11/19/14 02:57 PM

My rule for naming pets is simple: it must be something I can yell with conviction when they're in trouble. "Mr. Wickle Fuzzypants" just doesn't work well when you are trying to discourage abberant behavior.

I'm also in the 'pets name themselves' camp. Our cat Gracie earned her name when she fell off the couch on day #3 of living with us. Loki is nothing but chaos. And the adorable face to the left is Lucy-fur. So named because within an hour of brigning her home she pounced on Loki's head while snarling like a demon. For the record, at the time she weighed about 8 lbs. Loki weighs in around 85. smirk
Posted By: DD Regs

Re: Puppy name help - 11/19/14 03:04 PM

Name you dog "Stay"

Come here "Stay"!
Fetch "Stay"!
Posted By: Big Dog

Re: Puppy name help - 11/19/14 03:29 PM

How about "Dam-It"?
Posted By: waldensouth

Re: Puppy name help - 11/19/14 03:57 PM

Shadow would be a good name for a chocolate lab . Most labs love water- so Moses or Noah would be good as well.
Posted By: E.E.G.B

Re: Puppy name help - 11/19/14 03:58 PM

Originally Posted By: Big Dog
How about "Dam-It"?



Bill Cosby's nickname as a child!
Posted By: Wolfy

Re: Puppy name help - 11/19/14 08:04 PM

When we where kids our dog Penny had a litter of 6 puppies and one of the lil boys had a issue about getting to excited when visitors showed up. So much so grandpa nick named him Telescope.
Posted By: basilring

Re: Puppy name help - 11/19/14 08:10 PM

We have named our dogs after places where we have lived - if that doesn't ring true for you, maybe places you have traveled?

We currently have a black lab named Sitka (my husband was stationed in the Coast Guard in Sitka, Alaska). Our previous dog was Eagan (I lived in Eagan, MN). I actually wanted Dakota, because that is in Dakota County - but he nixed it because "everyone knows a dog named Dakota".

I was born in Dubuque, IA.... don't think that name will ever work either.
Posted By: Aggs

Re: Puppy name help - 11/19/14 08:35 PM

basilring, that's a great idea! I had that thought recently and proposed "Raleigh" as a name since we lived there for a couple of years and had our second daughter there.

Aside from that, I don't think Warszawa, Stockholm, Karlskrona, and East Berlin are going to work. wink

Although we could name him Indy... We live in Indy. lol
Posted By: basilring

Re: Puppy name help - 11/19/14 08:40 PM

Indy and Raleigh are both great names!

Where I lived the longest in MN was Apple Valley (the next suburb down from Eagan)... but obviously that doesn't work - so we went with Eagan.

I suppose you could shorten one of the others - like Zawa... or Krona (although I would fear people would think Coronna!.
Posted By: GuitarDude

Re: Puppy name help - 11/19/14 09:11 PM

I've been to Austin, TX so I think I will name my next dog
Click to reveal..
Hippie. laugh
Posted By: mtngrrl

Re: Puppy name help - 11/19/14 09:47 PM

Hello my name is NoNoBadDog but sometimes they call me StopThat.
Posted By: Truffle Royale

Re: Puppy name help - 11/20/14 03:26 PM

Using a foreign word is cool for a dog too.

My Babcia found a little dog left in a shopping cart in Chicago. The dog's personality made Babcia name her Lis (lees) which as Aggs knows is 'fox' in Polish. She called her Lisu (did I spell that right, Aggs?) in the 2-syllable tradition of naming a dog.

My grangirl who is half Peruvian named her dog Dulce, which is Spanish for 'sweet'.

Of course both of these names came after we actually had time to see the dog's personality.

Do look into training classes for your new puppy. Those hunting breeds can be headstrong even after they're neutered.
Posted By: DoS

Re: Puppy name help - 11/20/14 04:14 PM

Originally Posted By: Truffle Royale
Do look into training classes for your new puppy. Those hunting breeds can be headstrong even after they're neutered.


I agree with that, I got a yellow lab as a puppy two years ago. I have spent a lot of time and money training him (equal time between field trainging and obedience). He is a great pet and hunting partner!
Posted By: Hobbes

Re: Puppy name help - 11/20/14 06:08 PM

Originally Posted By: Aggs
Although we could name him Indy... We live in Indy. lol


Henry Jones: That's his name: "Henry Jones, Junior."
Indiana Jones: I like "Indiana."
Henry Jones: We named the dog Indiana.
Posted By: Hoosierland

Re: Puppy name help - 11/20/14 08:13 PM

Sorry if someone already said this in an earlier post...

How about Cocoa?
Posted By: Skittles

Re: Puppy name help - 11/20/14 08:38 PM

Seeing the above poster name - how about Hoosier?
Posted By: JWills, CRCM

Re: Puppy name help - 11/20/14 09:03 PM

I like Raleigh, and Ranger
Posted By: edAudit

Re: Puppy name help - 11/20/14 09:23 PM

Hawkins? laugh
Posted By: Aggs

Re: Puppy name help - 11/20/14 09:34 PM

Originally Posted By: edAudit
Hawkins? laugh


LOL

Science would work, too. wink
Posted By: Aggs

Re: Puppy name help - 11/20/14 09:34 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone!!!
Posted By: Peepers

Re: Puppy name help - 11/20/14 09:34 PM

I don't get it
Posted By: dottiec

Re: Puppy name help - 11/20/14 09:35 PM

My neighbor named their chocolate lab- Jackson Browne

Everyone just called him Jacks.
Posted By: edAudit

Re: Puppy name help - 11/20/14 09:37 PM

Originally Posted By: Creepers
I don't get it


That is a strange name for a dog smile
Posted By: ComplianceDude

Re: Puppy name help - 11/20/14 10:00 PM

Downboy
Getem
Sickem
HeBites
Posted By: Dazed Auditor

Re: Puppy name help - 11/20/14 10:10 PM

I've used the names below for my dogs:

Beelzebub
Shedevil
Worstdogintheworld
Killa
Dingles