Dog Naming Tips

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Stumped On What To Name Your New Dog?
No Problem! Dog Naming Tips from The Seeing Eye

As the oldest guide dog training school in the world, we name around 500 puppies every year — that's about 42 dogs per month! That’s a lot of name-storming! So we’ve developed a method to make our naming process a little easier and more uniform.

Dog Naming Tips

  • KEEP the name to one or two syllables. Occasionally, The Seeing Eye does select three syllable names. Shorter names are easier to say and when paired with a command, make for faster communication with your dog.
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  • MAKE sure the name does not sound too close to any commands that you plan to use because this will confuse the dog. For example, “Mo” can sound like “No” and “Kit” sounds like “Sit.”
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  • AVOID names that have negative connotations. Think of what it would feel like to run through a public space shouting your dog’s name. If you would be embarrassed, you shouldn’t choose that name.

The Seeing Eye and Dog Naming

We name our puppies at 2 weeks of age. The Seeing Eye Puppy Development Manager has the honor of generating and bestowing the names. All the puppies in a litter are given a name that starts with the same letter. The litters are named alphabetically. We begin with A on October 1st, the beginning of our fiscal year. Then each puppy in the next litter gets a name that begins with B, and all the way through to the “Z” litter, when we start over again.

“Our dogs have between 65 and 70 litters each year. So we go through the entire alphabet a couple of times a year. Sometimes with the tough letters like X or Z, I really have to get creative. Many of our names are selected by Seeing Eye donors.

— Jill Jaycox, Puppy Development Manager at The Seeing Eye

Our Greatest Hits

Here Are Some of Our Most Commonly Requested Sponsored Puppy Names:

Anne
George
Mac
Mickey
Rosie
Archie
Grace
Maggie
Molly
Sandy
Bailey
Happy
Mary
Penny
Scout
Charlie
Jack
Max
Richard
Star

   

Fresh Off The Birth Certificate! Here Are a Few of the Puppy Names Currently in Use at The Seeing Eye:

Ace
Flower
Kayla
Parker
Uma
April
Fred
Kirk
Primrose
Unity
Beacon
Galaxy
Lady
Quella
Valentine
Bernie
Gilly
Logan
Quinn
Vincent
Champ
Hagrid
Mandy
Ripley
Wallace
Cooper
Hermione
Monet
Ryder
Winnie
Daphne
Ian
Nacho
Sage
Xander
Domino
Indy
Nitro
Storm
Xena
Eddie
Jackson
Olive
Theo
Yvette
Enya
Jiminy
Otis
Trevor
Zen

   

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including helping us Name a New Puppy! Click here to learn more.

   

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