What Were The Most Popular Dog Names of 2016?

What Were The Most Popular Dog Names of 2016?

For the fourth year in a row, human and food-inspired dog names are among the year’s most popular, while names inspired by Pokémon Go, “Hamilton” and “Stranger Things” stood out as the new trends of 2016.

This year, Americans were inspired by everything from Harry Potter to food when naming their furriest family members. The top baby names of the year were among the most popular dog names, and dogs with celebrity baby names like Apple and Shiloh rose 8%. Pet parents are also naming their dogs after their favorite indulgences, with junk food and alcohol-themed dog names on the rise in 2016.

What Were The Most Popular Dog Names of 2016?

Top Dog Name Trends

According to a Harris Poll survey, 95 percent of pet parents consider their dog a part of the family, so it’s no surprise dogs are named more like human family members than pets. In fact, 28 percent of dog names are decidedly human, a number that has been steadily increasing over the years, and is up 2 percent from last year.

Top 10 Male Dog Names Top 10 Female Dog Names

1. Max *

1. Bella *

2. Charlie *

2. Lucy *

3. Buddy 3. Daisy

4. Cooper

4. Lola

5. Jack *

5. Luna *

6. Rocky

6. Molly

7. Bear

7. Sadie *

8. Duke

8. Sophie *

9. Toby 9. Bailey new!

10. Tucker new!

10. Maggie

* = top baby name of 2016

Pet parents often look to popular culture for inspiration when naming their dog. A recent survey of dog owners found 53 percent, including 75 percent of Millennials, named their dog after a movie or TV character, book character or celebrity.

Pop Culture Trends

  • Pokémon dog names had been steadily trending down—but thanks to the huge popularity of Pokémon GO, they’re back on the uptick.
  • Dog names inspired by “Stranger Things” are also on the rise. Names like Eleven and Barb are up 12 percent.
  • Hamilton had a breakout year on the stage and with pet parents. The name is on the rise in Washington DC (96 percent), Boston (88 percent), New York (15 percent), and Philadelphia (35 percent).
  • Now more than ever, pet parents are drawing inspiration from powerful women. Names like Coco Chanel, Beyoncé and Ruth Bader Ginsburg climbed over 13 percent.

Food Name Trends

  • Pet parents are naming their dogs after their favorite snacks with junk food-themed names on the rise, increasing 2 percent in 2016. Health food names declined 17 percent year over year.
  • Dogs named Kale are most popular in Portland, Ore., and dogs named Quinoa are most popular in Los Angeles.
  • Coffee-themed names like Kona, Espresso, and Mocha are declining nationally, but continue to rise in Seattle, home of Starbucks and the triple-venti-soy-no-foam latte.

As human names rise in popularity, there’s been a steady decrease in “cutesy” pet names for dogs, like Pookie and Snuggles, since 2014. This year, “cutesy” pet names decreased nearly 5 percent. Likewise, “classic” dog names like Fido and Sparky are falling fast, steadily declining a few percentage points each year, and falling 9 percent from 2015 to 2016.

Today, Rover also launched the Dog Name Generator to give humans a taste of a dog’s life and discover what their dog name would be. Using Rover’s database of names, the generator matches pet lovers to their perfect dog name based on their name and date of birth. Visit to discover your dog name.

Strength Building with Your Dog

Being healthy and strong is key for your pet to live a long fulfilling life. Similar to humans, dogs have to eat well and get plenty of exercise to stay in shape. Humans lift weights to improve their strength, and your dog has to do the same if that’s his goal. Ways to help your dog get stronger include weight pulling, but before you have him do any strenuous physical activity, it’s important that you get clearance from your veterinarian.

In addition, your dog should have a foundation in basic obedience. This will reassure you that he knows the right way to behave in any moments of chaos. If this is the first time your dog is pulling weight, then it’s best to start small. For example, have him practice dragging his leash around, and then progress to an attached empty cart. From there you can start adding weight as long as your dog is comfortable with it. Most importantly, never force your dog to pull more than he can handle to avoid mental and physical fatigue.

Besides fitness, your dog’s diet also influences how strong and fit he can be. Where your dog gets his calories from matters, which is why It’s best to avoid a high carb diet because it’s been known to produce skin without suppleness and coat without shine, bulky lower-bowel contents, trace mineral deficiencies, and smelly gas. A diet high in protein and fat is best if you want your pup to perform to the best of his abilities.

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Bringing a New Baby Into Your Dog’s Home

Far too often, animals from happy, loving homes end up in rescue shelters when a new baby arrives. With a little patience and a lot of planning, you can make your home a safe and loving environment for your new baby AND your dog!

First of all, congratulations on expecting a new baby! If you already have a dog at home, you will most likely need to help your fur baby adjust to the new human baby that you’ll be bringing home soon.

You can help your confused or upset pooch deal with this big change in almost the same way most parents make children understand that a new sibling will soon be joining the family. You’ll likely need to ease your dog’s stress and help him welcome the new member of the family. This way, you can make sure that your pooch stays where he belongs – with you and your loving family.

How Your Fur Baby Will React to the Little One

Adding a new member of the family can be difficult for your dog. No matter how much you try to plan ahead, it is likely that your pooch will still experience something similar to sibling rivalry. Because he was the first, if not the only baby, in the family, and is used to having the spotlight, he’ll probably have trouble adjusting to the new environment.

By working with your pet before you bring your new baby at home, you can lessen these feelings of jealousy. Always remember that a drastic decrease of attention and frequent ignoring, isolating, or scolding after you have introduced the new baby will most likely make your pooch feel very stressed.

Further, if your dog is particularly attached to the mother, another member of the family will need to develop a closer relationship with him. This way, your pooch can still feel loved and taken care of while mommy is busy with the new baby.

When a dog is stressed, confused, or anxious, he can become disobedient, hyper, even aggressive. This doesn’t mean your dog is bad or that he can’t ever share his home with the new baby, it simply means you’ll need to consider your dog before bringing a new baby home.

How to Prepare your Pet

The following tips and advice should be started well in advance of bringing a new baby home. When you find out that you’re expecting, go ahead and share the good news and celebrate, but then get to work!

1. Take your dog to the vet for routine health exams and needed vaccinations.

2. Neuter or spay your dog. Sterilization not only leads to lesser health issues related to the animal’s reproductive systems, but the process can also make your dog more calm.

3. Consult your pediatrician and vet if the idea of your new-born interacting with your pet makes you uneasy. By working with them even before your baby is born, you can help resolve problems early, putting your mind at ease.

4. Address any canine behavior problems. If your pup shows fear and anxiety, now would be the perfect time to seek help from animal behavior specialists. Consider dog training to control his behavior and at the same time strengthen your bond with him.

5. Get your furbaby used to nail-trimming. Obviously, you don’t want your new baby’s delicate skin getting scratched by wandering paws.

6. Try training your dog to stay calmly on the floor until you invite him on your lap as you will soon be cradling a newborn.

7. Encourage any friends with infants to come visit your home so you can start getting your dog accustomed to babies. Just make sure that all animal and infant interactions are supervised.

8. Months before your baby is expected, try to familiarize your dog to baby-related noises. Do this by playing baby recordings, using the rocking chair, or turning on the automated infant swing. Offer treats, praises, or playtime to make these experiences positive for your pet.

9. Discourage your pooch from jumping in and on the baby’s crib. Try applying double-stick tape onto the furniture as an easy deterrent.

10. If the new baby’s bedroom will be off-limits to your little furry friend, consider installing a sturdy barrier like a removable gate or a screen door. This way, you can let your dog see and hear what is happening inside which will help him feel much less isolated from the family and become more at ease with the infant noises.

11. To help your dog get used to the real thing, use a life-like baby doll as a stunt double. Carry it around and use it to help your dog become accustomed to routine baby activities such as feeding, bathing, and diaper changing. Cradle and talk to the doll, as if it were the real thing.

12. Plan ahead to ensure that your dog gets proper care while you are at the birthing center.

13. Make time for your dog, too. A new baby can take up a lot of your time, time that was previously spent pampering your pooch. Make sure to carve out some time to give your four-legged baby the attention he craves and deserves.


Babies and dogs can develop amazing bonds when given the opportunity. This video shows just how special the baby/dog relationship can be! Watch the Husky sing to his crying baby brother!

Have you ever brought a newborn baby home to where your dog already lives? Share your tips for success with our readers!

The Supplement Industry Is Lying To You: Your Dogs May Be In Danger

Herbal supplements are a $5 billion a year industry in America where they’re promised to do everything from calming anxiety, to easing aching joints, to fighting the common cold. Despite FDA warnings that herbal supplements are unproven and not guaranteed to work, Americans continue to purchase, and swear by, their efficacy.

But, new DNA evidence has shown that what’s written on the bottle is rarely what’s actually inside.

A Canadian research article published in the said,

Herbal products available to consumers in the marketplace may be contaminated or substituted with alternative plant species and fillers that are not listed on the labels.

In many cases, bottles labeled as herbal supplements contained nothing more than ground rice, wheat, or soybeans – known allergens that could pose a serious threat to consumers or the pets that they are given to.

Researchers used DNA Barcoding, the same process used to prove fraud in the commercial seafood industry in recent years, to test 44 supplements manufactured by 12 different brands. The names of brands and specific products tested have not been released, but all were pill or capsule form.

An in The New York Times explains,

Among their findings were bottles of echinacea supplements, used by millions of Americans to prevent and treat colds, that contained ground up bitter weed, Parthenium hysterophorus, an invasive plant found in India and Australia that has been linked to rashes, nausea and flatulence.

Two bottles labeled as St. John’s wort, which studies have shown may treat mild depression, contained none of the medicinal herb. Instead, the pills in one bottle were made of nothing but rice, and another bottle contained only Alexandrian senna, an Egyptian yellow shrub that is a powerful laxative. Gingko biloba supplements, promoted as memory enhancers, were mixed with fillers and black walnut, a potentially deadly hazard for people with nut allergies.

At least one-third of all products tested showed zero traces of the labeled ingredients, while others showed minute traces mixed with other fillers, plant derivatives or ground weeds.

David Schardt, a senior nutritionist at the , said, “This suggests that the problems are widespread and that quality control for many companies, whether through ignorance, incompetence or dishonesty, is unacceptable.”

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires manufacturers to test products for safety, supplements are highly under-regulated and typically considered “safe until proven otherwise.”

Shelly Burgess, a spokeswoman for the FDA said that roughly 70% of supplement manufacturers are known to be non-compliant.

When will American consumers, manufacturers, and regulatory agents step up and demand honesty and integrity in an industry that promises to improve our health and vitality, but instead puts it at risk?

So allow us to translate this for you:

The supplement you’re giving your dogs may have little or none of the supplement you’re paying for in the bottle.

What’s actually inside the bottle can be dangerous to your dogs.

Switching to human supplements is no guarantee that things will be any better.

Remember: 70% of supplement manufactures are non-compliant.

Chances are: your dogs are not protected. If the supplement price is low, it’s probably coming from China and it’s probably worthless.

Checking your supplement labels isn’t always enough. Made in the USA doesn’t mean “Sourced in the USA.” Call the manufacturer, ask questions, be proactive.