What do the names Cody, Adina, and Bobby have in common? They are all names of Canine Companions dogs (Skilled Companion, Canine Companions’ puppy and male breeder to be exact). The names embody the ideal characteristics of a Canine Companions dog name: short and simple, easy to pronounce and fitting for a professional working dog.
There are additional guidelines behind the Canine Companions naming process:
• Excessively cute, long, or difficult to pronounce names are avoided since trainers and participants must use the names on a regular basis with relative ease.
• Names that rhyme with commands are avoided. For instance, Jet is bypassed as it rhymes with the command “get.”
Puppy names can range from some of the most common names such as Bobby to the more obscure Horsham. Many people have wondered how Canine Companions generates such a diverse range of names. First, each litter is assigned a letter, progressing alphabetically from A to Z. Each puppy will be given a name that begins with this letter. For instance, an H litter might contain Hallie, Hank, Helen, etc. By year’s end, Canine Companions uses up to 45 names per letter of the alphabet in order to name the approximately 600 puppies born each year!
Names are chosen from Canine Companions’s supply, as well as submitted by breeder caretakers and Canine Companions supporters in “honor” of someone special in their lives. Appropriate names can also be purchased at auctions and other special events.