I used to live in a house where my back fence abutted a dog park. I could hear them barking and fighting at all hours of the day, and if I left the grass long in my backyard, I'd find a few wayward tennis balls each week. The dogs never bothered me, but their owners were another story. Dog barking is easy to tune out, but humans barking out dog names over and over is harder to ignore. From this experience I learned a valuable lesson. The first test in choosing a new dog's name is to imagine yourself yelling it at the top of your lungs while driving around a quiet neighborhood at night or standing in a dog park.