Top 360+ Best Dog Names for Your Rescue Dog - Rescue Dogs 101

Top 360+ Best Dog Names for Your Rescue Dog

Good Dog Names for Your Rescue Dog

One of the questions I get asked with every foster dog that is adopted from us is, “Can I change his/her name?” When we have a foster dog for even a couple of weeks, they start to pick up on their name, but that doesn’t mean it has to stay his name forever.

Teaching a dog his name is the same as teaching him a new command. In fact, calling his name should be a command for him to look at you. Keep reading below to learn the best way to teach a rescue dog his new name.

Dogs are pretty adaptable, they don’t really care what you call him, just as long as you are consistent once you do choose his name.

Some of the names of our fosters have been pretty unique, aka silly, I would never keep for my personal dog. Fun fact: we have changed every single name of our own adopted dogs (except Symba since he didn’t have a name before we got him). Nala was Midnight, Abby was Angel, JJ was Jeremy, Ginger was Penelope, and Bear was the most unique… Vince Lombardi (a famous football player).

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A good dog name will reflect the personality of your dog. You may want to take a few days to get to know your newly adopted dog, try out a few names you like and see which fits her best. I recommend staying away from people-like names, just imagine if you name your dog Sarah and then 2 years later you end up with a girlfriend named Sarah!

I have not divided the list below into best female or girl dog names and best male or boy dog names since many of these names are interchangeable. If you prefer to see the list of just girl, boy, or gender neutral names download this list in PDF form. Top 360 Best Rescue Dog Names

We’ve made it easy for you to find a name for your new best friend. By printing out this list you can easily highlight the names you love the most. Then pass it around the family to vote for everyone’s favorite name!

Abby
Ace
Adele
AJ
Alfred
Alvin
Amber
Angel
Angus
Annie
Apollo
Archie
Ash
Aspen
Astro
Atticus
Aurora
Axal
Baby
Bailey
Bambi
Bandit
Banjo
Barry
Baxter
Beamer
Bear
Bee
Beethoven
Bella
Bentley
Betsy
Betty
Birdie
Blaze
Bling
Blitz
Blue
Bogey
Bolo
Bolt
Boo
Boomer
Bowen
Brady
Breeze
Brie
Brody
Bronco
Bronte
Bruno
Brutus
Bubbles
Bucky
Buddy
Bullet
Buster
Butch
Buzz
Byron
Callaway
Casey
Cash
Casper
Catcher
Cedric
Champ
Chance
Chaos
Charlie
Chase
Cherry
Chester
Chewy
Chief
Chili
Chloe
Cinnamon
Clifford
Coby
Cocoa
Cody
Cola
Colby
Cole
Comet
Cookie
Cooper
Copper
Cruise
Crush

Daisy
Dakota
Dallas
Dante
Dare
Dash
Dawson
Dazzle
Denny
Denver
Dexter
Diesel
Digger
Diva
Dixie
Doom
Dora
Dory
Draco
Duchess
Duck
Duke
Echo
Einstein
Eli
Ellie
Elvis
Emma
Emmy
Faith
Fenway
Figaro
Finch
Finn
Flapjack
Flash
Fletcher
Frankie
Frisco
Fuz
Gator
Gatsby
Gemma
Georgia
Ginger
Gizmo
Godfrey
Goose
Gray
Grover
Gunner
Gus
Gypsy
Hamlet
Harley
Harper
Hattie
Hawk
Hawkeye
Hemingway
Hercules
Hooch
Hope
Huck
Hunter
Iggy
Indy
Iris
Ivy
Izzy
Jack
Jade
Jagger
Jake
Jasper
Jax
Jazz
Jersey
Jet
Jewel
Jezebelle
Jinx
JoJo
Josie
Joy
Judge
Juno
Kai
Karma
King
Kira

Kiva
Koda
Kona
Kyra
Lady
Lancelot
Lark
Laser
Latte
Lennon
Leo
Levi
Libby
Lila
Lilly
Lincoln
Linx
Logan
Loki
Lola
Lucky
Lucy
Luke
Luna
Mac
Maggie
Marley
Marmaduke
Maverick
Max
Mia
Midnight
Millie
Milo
Mocha
Mojo
Molly
Monty
Moose
Moses
Murphy
Nala
Nelly
Nike
Nova
Nugget
Nutmeg
Oakley
Obie
Olive
Oliver
Ollie
Opal
Oreo
Oscar
Otis
Otto
Ozzie
Paisley
Pandora
Parker
Patch
Peach
Pearl
Pebbles
Penny
Pepper
Pepsi
Percy
Phoenix
Picasso
Piper
Pippy
Pixel
Pixie
Pookie
Poppy
Prada
Primrose
Prince
Princess
Pumpkin
Quinn
Rambo
Ranger
Raven
Reba
Rebel
Red
Reggie
Remi

Rex
Riley
Riot
Ripley
Ritz
River
Rockwell
Rocky
Romeo
Rosco
Rose
Rosie
Roxy
Ruby
Rumor
Ryder
Sadie
Salsa
Sammy
Samson
Sasha
Sawyer
Scarlett
Scooby
Scout
Shadow
Sherlock
Shiloh
Simba
Sisco
Sissy
Skye
Slater
Smokey
Snoopy
Snow
Snowball
Sophie
Sparky
Spencer
Spike
Spirit
Spring
Sprinkles
Star
Steeler
Storm
Strider
Sugar
Sully
Summer
Sunshine
Suzie
T-Bone
Taco
Tally
Tango
Tank
Taylor
Teddy
Tess
Tessa
Tex
Thelma
Thor
Tito
Toby
Token
Tori
Trapper
Tripp
Trixie
Trooper
Tucker
Tux
Twister
Watson
Whip
Willow
Winston
Wrigley
Wyatt
Yeller
Yogi
Zara
Zeke
Zelda
Zeus
Ziggy
Zip
Zoe

Top 360 Best Rescue Dog Names

We’ve made it easy for you to find a name for your new best friend. By printing out this list you can easily highlight the names you love the most. Then pass it around the family to vote for everyone’s favorite name!


Once you’ve decided on your dog’s new name, make sure to order him his very own name tag!



Teaching your dog his or her new name is easy.

Teaching your dog his new name is just like training him a command. Your dogs name is basically a command to look at you for the next command. For example, Spot Sit. Spot is the command to look and pay attention to you, Sit is the command to sit down. Get it?

Start by using treats to call your dog over to you, using his old name and new name combined. For example, when we adopted Nala, her old name was Midnight. We called her Nala-Midnight for a couple of days, transitioning to Nala as she started picking it up. And if your dog didn’t have a previous name, just use the name you gave her and use treats to call her to you.

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Do you have a name you want me to add to the list? I’m always looking for new creative dog names, so feel free to comment below with your favorite dog name.

 

About the Author Debi@RescueDogs101

Debi McKee is a dog mom, volunteer foster dog home, and lifetime dog lover. Debi’s mission is to guide you through every step of your dog journey, from adopting the perfect dog for you and your family, to training your dog and keeping your dog happy and healthy. Sign up for our free resource library of must-have resources, containing valuable downloads to help you in your dog journey.

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