Choosing puppy names are just one of the fun things about being a new 'parent'.
But it's not always an easy task!
You don't want to take a month to make a decision but you do need to take a little time to think about it.
It's important to pick a name that feels 'just right' because you're going to using it what seems like a hundred times, every single day, for years to come :)
Whether you're looking for a popular name, one that's unique, or one to suit your sense of humor/your dog's breed/color/size/personality and so on, I can help you find the perfect fit.
It might actually be more than you think, because the name you choose for your new pup can say a lot about you, as well as a fair bit about how you view your dog!
Other people might even judge your dog's personality by the name you
Calling him 'Killer' or 'Hannibal' might seem funny if you own a complete softie who wouldn't say boo to a goose!
BUT strangers may be wary if they don't know him, especially if you own a breed that tends to be feared due to media hype and lack of public education (such as Pitbulls and Rottweilers).
It might also be a good idea to rein in your sense of humor :)
If you choose the name 'Tiny' for your Great Dane puppy or 'Rocket' for your little Basset Hound, it will probably raise a smile at the dog park.
But it can undermine your dog's natural dignity when you go for a laugh at his expense.
Dogs are intelligent animals, and don't think they don't sense when someone is making fun of them.
The best foundation for a good relationship between you and your puppy is mutual love and respect, so it's a good idea to bear that in mind when choosing a name for your puppy.
There are a few basic guidelines you can use to help you pick out that perfect puppy name. When choosing names for a puppy, you can use the following tips to find a name that sounds 'just right'
Here's a quick look at the top boy and girl puppy names for 2016.
These lists are taken from surveys compiled by two different organizations who have millions of names in their databases.
It's interesting to see that there are a few variations between them, but the top contenders are pretty much identical.
Top 10 Girl Dog Names 2017 - rover.com
Top 10 Boy Dog Names 2017 - rover.com
A few names which showed up towards the top of the popularity charts fairly recent years but aren't in the above lists:
Girl puppy names - Roxy, Lily, Coco, Penny and Abby
Boy puppy names - Toby, Buster, Milo, Oscar, Oliver and Lucky
Of course there are also lots more adorable and popular puppy dog names to choose from.
If you're looking for something different, unique, or with a certain international 'flair', why not check out some of these pages.
There's bound to be at least one name that's absolutely perfect for your new pup.......
If you're still looking, or just want to cover all your bases, a good dog naming book can help: