by Dawn Watson
Pedigree dogs registered with the AKC are often given fancy names which are then shortened for ease of pronunciation.
Picking out your pet's name or nickname is an important part of the ongoing bonding process between you. Dogs can process one or two syllables together, so if you give him a nickname, make it a short one. And try not to negatively label him by giving him a name that means something derogatory.
The name by which your dog is known can influence how people reflect upon him. For example, I once heard of a dog named, "Stinky". Although he wasn't (stinky), the label earned him a bad reputation and consequently people did not act as friendly toward him. Likewise, a large, muscular dog named, "Killer", may make some people uncomfortable.
Whatever you name your pet, be sure the name is inoffensive and easy to pronounce because you will want your best friend--and everyone else--to respond positively to it throughout his life.
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Wado, udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)
Owner and Lead Trainer,
Brother of the Wolf, LLC