Angel Muffin, huh? Six out of ten people make assumptions about people based on the names they give their pets!
NEW YORK (StudyFinds.org) – Larry David struggles to say the name "Angel Muffin," a puppy he's volunteered to watch, in a season 11 episode of HBO's hit comedy "Curb Your Enthusiasm." His abhorrence for the name even results in the pooch's near-death experience. As it turns out, he's not the only one who has strong feelings about animal names. More than six out of ten people admit to criticizing other people based on the names they give their dogs, according to a recent survey.
One in four Americans said they like to name their pets after foods, according to a recent poll of 2,005 Americans who were asked to describe their thought process when picking names for their animal friends.
Game of Pet Names
Along with the 28 percent of respondents who have given their pets names like "Meatball" or "Biscuit," 36 percent have given their four-legged buddies "human" names like Jessica or Kevin. In comparison, 32% favor "traditional" pet names such as Fido or Fluffy.
The study, which was conducted on behalf of PupBox by OnePoll, also inquired as to what themes people employ when naming many pets in the same household. Pop culture icons and fictitious characters are the most popular selections (37 percent), followed by historical individuals (33 percent ).
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For specific pet names, 38% would draw inspiration from an interesting name given to them by a friend, while a similar amount would draw inspiration from movies, TV shows, literature, and music.
For better or worse, unusual names can help a pet stand out, as 68 percent of people feel they are more likely to remember a name (human or animal) if it is unique or unusual.
Choosing a name for your new puppy can be a lot of fun,= says Ariel Zvaifler, co-founder of PupBox, but you'll want a name that you love saying (and hearing) because you'll be calling your puppy a lot the first year.Think about the length of the name, how many syllables it has, and whether it sounds similar to other terms (which could confuse your dog).
The process of selecting
The research also looked at the most prevalent characteristics people think about while naming their pets. Just over half of those polled (51%) consider the pet's gender, followed by 49 percent who consider the pet's personality, and 42 percent who consider the size of their animal.
With so many variables to consider, it's no surprise that 85 percent of pet owners have given their pet a moniker. Almost two-thirds of those say they've forgotten their pet's real name since they use their pet's moniker so often.
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When it comes to training, 55% of people claim it took them more than two weeks to teach their pet its name.
That may explain why nearly six out of ten people say learning an animal's name is one of the most difficult aspects of obtaining a new pet, and another 58 percent are concerned about how to train their new pet.
Welcoming a new family member into the home is thrilling, but the prospect of training a new puppy can be daunting. Rewarding excellent behavior, being consistent, and performing lots of reps with your pup are some crucial ideas for your new training path," explains Zvaifler. I also recommend keeping training sessions brief and enjoyable, with goodies, pets, and encouraging comments! Another option is to enroll in puppy training classes, or if you prefer to train at home, look for training sites or puppy subscription boxes that include puppy training manuals.