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Colorado-based Camp Bow Wow reveals nation's top dog names

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Colorado-based Camp Bow says the top dog name in 2022 is Luna.Brittany Anas

By Brittany Anas / NewsBreak Denver

(Westminster, Colo.) Move over, Buddy, Fido, and Max! Camp Bow Wow, a Westminster-based doggy daycare and boarding company, combed its database to discover the most common dog names among its campers.

According to Camp Bow Wow, Luna — a female name of Italian origin that means moon — tops the list of the most popular dog names in 2022. Milo surged in popularity, edging the name Buddy from the top 10 list this year.

The 10 most popular dog names in 2022:

No. 1: Luna

No. 2: Bella

No. 3: Charlie

No. 4: Cooper

No. 5: Lucy

No. 6: Max

No. 7: Daisy

No. 8: Bailey

No. 9: Milo

No. 10: Sadie

The 10 most popular dog names in Colorado:

No. 1: Luna

No. 2: Bella

No. 3: Cooper

No. 4: Charlie

No. 5: Daisy

No. 6: Bailey

No. 7: Lucy

No. 8: Buddy

No. 9: Max

No. 10: Sadie

What’s in a name?

As a new pet parent, your first instinct is probably to pick out an adorable name to match your dog’s cuteness. But according to Camp Bow Wow’s Animal Health and Behavioral Expert Erin Askeland, it’s best to consider names that also make training a breeze.

Short, two-syllable names help get your dog’s attention, Askeland says. Names that sound like commonly used training words or cues can confuse your pup (think: Shay sounds too close to “stay”), she explains.

Names that end in vowels can also help dogs distinguish their name from others because vowels change the vocal tone. Because dogs have acute hearing ability, they are highly attuned to tone changes,, Askeland says. Names with harder sounds (like Breck) can also be easy for a dog to distinguish.

In 2021, Americans adopted nearly a million dogs, according to data from online pet supply store Chewy. Shelter dogs often already have a name, but Askeland says it’s OK to change it—but pick one and stick with it.

"Be sure to give lots of love and positive reinforcement when using the new name, and your pup will adjust just fine,” Askeland says.

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