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How to Name a Puppy

Follow these considerations to avoid common puppy-naming pitfalls.

How to Name a Puppy

Naming a dog is a personal process, but there are a few considerations when it comes to hunting dogs so that your choice doesn’t lead to training or hunting confusion. (Tony J. Peterson photo)

As I write this, my family of four is in a heated, ongoing debate over what to name our newest pup. We haven’t met her yet, but she’s busy wrestling with her littermates and will soon be ready for pick up at eight weeks. That means we need to get this naming thing nailed down.

My original plan was for Tess, an homage to a character in a novel I wrote a long time ago that has bounced back and forth in the editorial stage for years. The personal attachment there doesn’t extend to my wife and twin daughters, however, and they voted it down.

Although I’m a big fan of monosyllabic names, we’re leaning toward Sydney or Sadie. There really isn’t...

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