Angel Muffin? ! 6 out of 10 people judge people by the names they give their pets!


NEW YORK ( – In a Season 11 episode of HBO’s hit comedy ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, Larry David struggles to pronounce the name ‘Angel Muffin’, a dog he agreed to watch. His sheer distaste for the name even ends up leading to a near-death incident for the pooch. Turns out he’s not the only one with a strong opinion about pet names. According to a recent survey, more than six in 10 people admit to judging others based on the names they give their pets.

A recent study asked 2,005 Americans to describe the thought process they use when choosing names for their animal companions and found that one in four Americans say they enjoy naming their pets. after food.

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In addition to the 28% of respondents who gave their pets yummy nicknames like “Meatball” or “Biscuit”, 36% give their four-legged friends “human” names, such as Jessica or Kevin. This compares to 32% who prefer “traditional” pet names like Fido or Fluffy.

Driven by OnePoll from PupBox, the survey also asked what themes people use when naming multiple pets in the same household. The most popular choices include pop culture icons and fictional characters (37%), followed by historical figures (33%).

For individual pet names, 38% would use an interesting name from a friend for inspiration, while a similar percentage would draw inspiration from movies, TV shows, books and music.

Unusual names can help a pet stand out, for better or worse, as 68% say they’re more likely to remember a name (human or animal) if it’s unique or out of the ordinary. of the ordinary.

“Choosing a name for your new pup can be a lot of fun, but you’ll want a name you’ll enjoy saying (and hearing) since you’ll be calling your pup often in the first year,” PupBox co-founder Ariel Zvaifler said in a statement. . “You’ll want to consider the length of the name, the number of syllables, and whether it sounds like other words (which might confuse your pup).”

The selection process

The survey also looked at the most common traits people consider when naming a pet. Just over half of respondents (51%) look at the gender of the animal, followed by 49% who consider the personality of the animal, while 42% look at the size of their animal.

With so many factors to consider, it’s no wonder that 85% of pet owners gave their pet at least one nickname. Nearly two-thirds say they use their pet’s nickname so often that they forget their companion’s real name.

When it comes to training, 55% of respondents say it took them more than two weeks to learn their pet’s name.

Perhaps that’s why nearly six in ten people think teaching a pet its name is one of the hardest parts of getting a new pet, and 58% said expressed concern about how to train their new companion.

“Bringing a new addition home is hugely exciting, but the thought of training a new puppy can also be a bit overwhelming. Some key tips for your new training journey include rewarding good behavior, being consistent, and doing lots of reps with your pup,” says Zvaifler. “I also suggest keeping training sessions short and fun, filled with treats, pets, and words of encouragement! Training classes are another option, or if you prefer to train at home, check out the training sites or puppy subscription boxes that come with puppy training guides.


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