While it is typically considered a luxury, playing is actually a very important part of our lives and this is true for nearly all living creatures, including both humans and canines. It gives us an outlet for daily stress, teaches us social skills, encourages healthy bonding, and improves our cognitive and creative abilities as well as our fine motor control. This skill is one that can often get buried in the everyday business of life and one of the many benefits to having a canine companion is that they make energetic and accepting playmates that help to remind us to play a little each day.
Playful Dog Names in Pop Culture
Playful dog names are plentiful and many names that can be found on this list can also be found in newspaper headlines and in Hollywood, both for characters and for canine actors. Tonka, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier in Sydney, Australia, made headlines with his unusually strong bond with a baby deer that the human members of the household had chosen as a natural method to keep their lawn short and neat, and Ginny was the name of a rescued Schnauzer mix who was also a well-known rescuer of abandoned animals, although she preferred to specialize in cats. Chase was the name given to a Golden Retriever in New Jersey who served as the bat-dog for the minor league baseball team known as the Trenton Thunder. Also known by the title of “That Golden Thunder,” Chase’s job was to retrieve the bats and balls and return them to the dugout, a service he performed admirably until he retired in July of 2013, just days before he crossed over the rainbow bridge.
Playful names are popular in animation as well; Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol has a German Shepherd police pup named Chase, as well as a newly developed character named Tracker, a dog with extraordinary hearing who drives a Jeep, and the movies Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and Toy Story 3 feature the popular Slinky Dog as a supporting character, a toy dog designed with a slinky for a body. Names that are playful have their place on television and in movies as well. The long-running television show from the late 70s and early 80s, Little House on the Prairie, featured a canine character named Bandit, a black and white stray that followed Charles Ingalls home and the Australian Cattle dog Zip, the name of both character and the actor, played a significant role in the 1995 American Western called Last of the Dogmen, a feature film starring Tom Berenger and Barbara Hershey.
Keystone Teddy was another significant canine actor that was given a playful name, by all accounts, however, Teddy was a very serious actor. He was one of the first canine actors, a Great Dane who was either fawn colored or a lightly marked brindle, began his career by acting in the popular one-reelers and two-reelers of the time, short black and white movies that could fit on one real, around 10 to 12 minutes in length or two reels, around 15 to 24 minutes in total. His first movie was a one-reeler called The Nick of Time Baby, in which the heroic canine star rescues an infant from in front of a trolley car, and he went on to star in at least 18 more movies, one-reelers, two-reelers, and eventually feature-length films, the most famous of which was an 18 minute comedy short called Teddy at the Throttle, co-starring Gloria Swanson and Bobby Vernon.
Playful Dog Name Considerations
Choosing your new dog’s name is an exciting and important step, and one
that you will hopefully be living with for quite some time. People have many
reasons for choosing the names they do for their pets. Some people choose to
give their pet a name that embodies a trait they either admire or that they
desire for their canine companion, such as playfulness. There are many names
for dogs that could be considered playful, and these can be further narrowed
down by examining the animal’s own skills and personality so that your dog that
is constantly making holes in the garden may end up as Digger and the dog that
knows exactly what time dinner and walks are supposed to occur may receive the
moniker Clockwork. Your personal interests may also guide you to a name; computer
aficionados may be more likely to
gravitate towards a name like Atari while a car enthusiast may be drawn to a
name like Matchbox. It is important to
note that although this list is separated
out into lists of male and female names, many of the names below, such as
Frisbee, Hopscotch, and Splash are equally suitable for either, so you may want
to peruse both lists.