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Dog Names for 2018

When you're searching for a dog, the dog has to fit your personality. When choosing a dog you also have to think about how much living space they need. A name is probably the hardest part when choosing a dog. Dog names are fun to choose too! There are many different names that you can come up with. There are also some that I think would be popular in 2009.

I think that you should stay away from dog names that people might not understand. It could be fun to have a name that's cute, but you don't want it to get old fast. For instance names that could be cute or funny at first(for about a week) would be names like: couch, stinky, smelly, dog. The joke gets old real fast. It would be really bad if you gave you're a dog a name like "Smelly," and then decide to change it week later and then you realize that he only responds to Smelly.

The name should stay in the range of one or two syllables. It's nice and short and a lot of people prefer the shorter names when calling out to their dog. Human names for dogs are okay, but I don't recommend it. It would be a little weird saying "Max was eating off the floor again!" and have everyone think that you are talking about your kid or husband. It would be funny though.

Okay, now on to the names!

I am going to start off with names that fit the dogs fur to expand your options.

Black dogs: Bon Bon, Spritz, Cookie, Caviar, Olive, Corkie, Kong, Monk, Spunk, Tank, Buddah, Aero, Monkey

White dogs: Lady, Latte, Cashmere, Cash, Mottz, Frosty, Daisy, Scooby

Brown: Chip, Java, Doodle, Peanut, Oreo, Expresso, Mahki

Random Names: Aspen, Capri, Denali, Mahler, Nirvana

Big Dog: Godzilla, Zilla, Moose, Tank, Buddah, Spike, Stang, Rex, Dodge, Brutus, Chubacca

Small Dog: Tink, Putty, Bubbles, Sparkles, Star, Shelly, Gumball, Sprinkles, Nibbles, Widget, Kisses, Smooches, Little-foot, Bug

Widget would be a fun name for a small Yorkie! It's a great name and it means a placeholder name for an object. Its cute and it sounds edgy. Buddah would be a good name for a big Rottweiler. Rottweilers are big and lovable this would be a great name for a pup. Buddah is a god of Zen. Moose: moose would be good for a great dane. Great Danes are big and they could look like a moose to some because of their size. Kisses: is a good name for a miniature poodle. Zilla would be a great name for a pit-bull. They are sometimes thought of as aggressive dogs so the name would be appropriate. Denali would be a great name for a tall white poodle. Denali is the name of a car. Tank would be a good name for a big dog like a Pitbull or a Rottweiler. Corky would be a good name for a wiener dog. Corks are small and long. It would be appropriate for a long dog, or a dog that has a lot of personality.

I hope that I sparked your creativity and gave you some great ideas for puppy names!

How To Choose A Dog Training Collar

Training a dog can be a difficult undertaking, which is why there are various training aids available. One such aid is a training collar, which is used to emphasize certain types of training and to make your job a little bit easier. Training collars don't have to be inhumane -- in fact, most of them aren't -- and the way you use your training collar will directly impact the speed and effectiveness of your training program. There are literally dozens of different types of training collars on the market, but here are a few of the most common.

Prong Collars

Dog Prong Training Collar

The very mention of a prong collar is enough to send some people running for the hills, but I've effectively used it on two of my larger dogs and if used correctly, they can work wonders. A prong collar is a training collar that consists of metal links through which metal prongs are spaced about an inch apart. When you correct your dog with the leash, the prongs lightly pinch the dogs neck, symbolizing the corrective action the mother dog gives her pups by picking them up by the scruff of the neck.

A prong collar can be inhumane when used in correctly as a training collar. For example, if your dog is the type to pull against the leash consistently, he or she will not benefit from the prong collar because it will lose its effectiveness. Dogs can easily become "immune" to the pinch of the prong collar after frequent use, and it should only be used as a corrective aid.

As training collars go, the prong collar is comparatively easy to use. Simply fasten the collar around your dog's neck, leaving approximately 1/2 inch of space between the prongs and your dog's skin.

Halti Collars


If you have a dog that is aggressive or is prone to lunging or snapping at other dogs or humans, the Halti collar might be the best training collar for you. This type of collar fits over the dog's head, keeps the mouth shut and helps to restrain the dog. It allows you to control the motion of the head, thereby exacting more control over the body. Some people consider this training collar difficult to use because most dogs will resist it at first. However, as a matter of safety, this training collar is one of the most effective.

When using the Halti Collar, make sure that the device is secured properly. You should never jerk on or pull up on a Halti collar because you run the risk of damaging your dog's neck or back. If you don't think that you can control your dog without jerking on the Halti collar, you might want to put your dog in training with a professional.

Choke Collars

Like the prong collar, the choke collar is surrounded by a wealth of controversy. Most dog owners recognize this training collar as effective and humane, while others fear the potential damage that can be caused by an overzealous dog or owner. It's true that the choke collar can cause permanent damage, or even death, to a dog if used incorrectly. However, this training collar is recommended by most dog trainers.

The choke collar works by tightening around the dog's neck either when the owner pulls the leash or the dog pulls on the collar. As soon as the tension is relieved, the collar ceases its "choking" action.

Training collars are not for use by the inexperienced and you should always learn how to use it before attempting to put it on your dog.

How-To Potty Train a Puppy

There are many ideas out there for first-time dog owners, but it can be a bit overwhelming when everyone is giving you different suggestions! This article will break it down for you so you can potty train your dog in the way that works for you... and your new furry friend!

So you've got yourself a puppy... congratulations! You and your dog will become best friends in no time, but no amount of love is going to clean up the poop that's probably hidden in little piles throughout your house right now while you are sitting around reading this article. That's why you need to pick a training strategy, and stick to it. Once you decide on your approach, CONSISTENCY is the key to quickly training your puppy. If you have a yard, training your dog to signal when a trip outside is necessary can be very convenient because there is no mess for you to clean up. Using puppy pads can work for people who live in apartments or who plan on leaving the dog inside all day long, but if a dog is trained to go on a square of fabric, he may go to other people's houses and choose to go on their nice white Persian rug because he doesn't see a pad anywhere, and that's the next best thing.

1. If you and the people you live with are gone for more than 4 hours at a time every day and you have no one who can come over to let your dog out, you may want to think about waiting until you have a couple months where you have more free time to get a dog.

2. You should get a crate to keep your dog in during the day because most animals will not go to the bathroom where they sleep unless it is an emergency or they are not feeling well. Do not use the crate as a punishment when they do something bad. Give the dog a treat every time he or she goes in, and fill it with soft blankets and a safe chew toy, like an old sock tied in a knot or one of your old t-shirts. (They love things that smell like you!) You want the crate to be a safe place where they feel relaxed. Make sure the crate is not near a draft or heating vent. Keep it in the same place all the time with the door open, and your dog will actually go in on his own when he wants to take a nap.

3. Do not let your puppy run around when no one is watching him or her. If you watch closely, your dog will start sniffing the ground before he or she goes to the bathroom. If the dog has an accident, it's not his fault... you probably just weren't watching. Rubbing his nose in it or hitting him is only going to confuse a puppy. If he does have an accident, pick him up immediately and take him outside or to his puppy pad if that's what you are using. He might go a little more when you get out there, so give him a chance to sniff around. If you take the dog out about every 2 hours and pay close attention to any sniffing of the ground, you can avoid a lot of accidents. Oh yeah and just like having a child, you will have to take the dog out during the night for the first couple weeks. Don't worry it won't last forever! Their bladders just aren't big enough to hold it all night long, and if they are barking, don't expect them to wait! They are completely dependent on you, so don't be neglectful.

4. Make sure to buy some floor/furniture spray that neutralizes pet odor. This isn't just for your own benefit. Regular carpet cleaner won't do it, either. Your puppy smells for his scent to tell him where to go, and if he gets a whiff of an old spot where he had an accident, he is likely to use that spot again. If you live in a house where there have been dogs before it may be more difficult to potty train for this reason. The scent can last for years in carpet; so make sure to shampoo before you bring your puppy home!

5. Make sure you feed your dog the same exact brand and amount of food regularly and keep fresh water in his dish. When you first bring him home, try to find out what food he was eating before you had him. If you are determined to change to a different brand, switch slowly. Many puppies start off eating soft food, but hard food is better for their teeth, so a mix of the two can do well for awhile until his baby teeth come in all the way. DON'T EVER FEED THE PUPPY TABLE FOOD!!! It's like training him to beg, and it's not good for him. Improper feeding and dehydration can lead to diarrhea... and as we all know, this can lead to accidents that even a trained dog might not be able to prevent! Talk to your vet about how much and how often to feed your dog. Some puppies will overeat if you leave food out all day, so feeding a small meal 3 times a day is best.

6. Give your dog a small treat every time he does his business where you want him to. Positive reinforcement has a much stronger effect than negative!! Don't try to punish your puppy if you find a spot but did not see him make it. A puppy's memory is pretty short-term, and if it's more than a minute or two old, he won't remember doing it and will have no idea why you are yelling at him.

7. Remember to be consistent!!!! Even down to the types of treats you feed your dog and the door you use to go outside, getting your dog into a routine is the best way to get him or her trained quickly. Stick with it, and you'll be happy you did when you have a well-trained dog!