Have you tried saying several of the suggested names and looking at your dog's response? I've heard dogs respond best to names (or nicknames) ending with a vowel sound. IMHO a dog that doesn't like its name might not listen. In any event, one of my adopted dogs didn't like her shelter name, Brandy, nor was I about to go around the neighborhood shouting that name if she ever got loose. She had a regal personality, especially when looking at me from her favorite couch perch, so I thought about queens and goddesses and couches, and her ears perked up at "Cleo". As you might know from reading the poodle talk thread, she passed away several years ago. Her successor also didn't like her sheltername, Daisy. Since the shelter thought that a poodle/lhasa mix lie under her mats, I thought about Eastern names. Tara perked up her ears at my saying the name of the Buddhist goddess of compassion (misprounounced according to Asian friends!) .
IMHO, you might have named or nicknamed your dog already, inadvertently. While my namefinding phases took a week or two, I can't imagine not talking with a dog for two months. So your dog might think she's named "hey you" or "cutiepie" or "barkpuppy" or something.
But if you like placenames, the Anasazi peoples built kivas and other structures into the red cliffs at Chaco Canyon (including along what became Chacra road and Acoma) in New Mexico and Kayenta in Arizona, after emerging from Shibapu.
BTW, Tara says her apricot standard poodlegalpal's name is Asia, and her white standard pal and her BPF are both Chloes, so those names are taken. She says standards can be quite regal, though her male standard pals are Ben and Charlie.
Edited by: AQUAJANE at: 11/29/2011 (09:39)