by Jessi Larson
If you’re looking for military dog names, we’ve got you covered with 335+ awesome ideas.
Whether you’re a member of the military, close to someone who served or just plain inspired by their heroics, you’ll find military dog names that are a great fit for your pup.
Inspiration for military dog names comes from the different branches, ranks, weapons, equipment, code words, forts, famous dogs and so much more.
You’re sure to find a name that is just right for your needs.
Military Dog Names – Branch, Rank and Positions
The U.S. Military has six service branches: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy and Space Force.
Each branch is broken into a hierarchy of personnel, and the ranks serve as inspiration for military dog names.
Another source for names are the different positions within these units.
Take a look at these ideas and see if any are a fit for your four-legged friend.
Military Dog Names – Weapons
Military weapons are another great place to look for military dog names. They’re tough and strong, just like your dog.
You may have used one of these weapons before or simply appreciate the power they possess.
More Military Dog Names
Here are even more great military dog names for your canine companion. They draw inspiration from so many different places yet all convey the spirit and bravery of military service.
- Walter Reed
Military Dog Names – Equipment, Gear and More
Let’s continue our guide to military dog names with ideas based on equipment, gear and the brands commonly used in the service.
These ideas are a bit more unique than other military dog names and offer a distinct moniker for your pup.
- Little Bird
The top military bases around the country are another great source of inspiration.
You may have toured one of these forts or even lived there for a time. Or perhaps you simply like the name and want to use it for your new dog.
Whatever the reason, these ideas are perfect for your precious pup.
- Andrew – Air Force base in Prince George’s County, Maryland
- Benning – Army base on the Alabama and Georgia border
- Bragg – Army base in Fayetteville, North Carolina
- Campbell – Army base on the Kentucky and Tennessee border
- Cannon – Air Force base in New Mexico
- Carson – Army base in Colorado
- Diego – as in Naval Base San Diego
- Gordon – Army base in Georgia
- Hampton – Navy base in Virginia
- Hood – as in Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas
- Jackson – as in Naval Air Station Jacksonville
- Knox – Army base in Kentucky
- Lejeune – as in Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
- Lewis – as in Joint Base Lewis – McChord in Tacoma, Washington
- Luke – Air Force base in Arizona
- Maxwell – Air Force base in Montgomery, Alabama
- McChord – as in Joint Base Lewis – McChord in Tacoma, Washington
- Stewart – Army base in Orange County, New York
- Travis – Air Force base in California
- Sierra – as in Sierra Army Depot in California
The military phonetic alphabet helps ensure that communications by radio or telephone are clear and correct. After all, a B can often sound like a D or E, and so forth.
As you look for military dog names, why not consider the options below?
They’re a subtle way to represent the military world in your dog’s name.
Famous Military Dogs
Dogs are a man’s best friend – and a great partner on the battlefield.
Many amazing canines have served bravely alongside service members throughout history.
The following dogs are known for their incredible service and heroic actions, and their names serve as an excellent source for military dog names.
- Beauty – rescue dog during WWII
- Bob – dog that led more forays into German territory during WWII than any U.S. soldier
- Cairo – canine member of the elite Navy SEALs team that killed Osama Bin Laden
- Chips – decorated dog in World War II
- Chesty – official mascot of the marines
- Gander – giant Newfoundland in the Canadian Army during WWII
- Gunner – Kelpie dog who served in World War II
- Judy – brave British war dog
- Lava – dog rescued from Iraq in 2005
- Lex – military dog who showed extraordinary bravery in Fallujah
- Lucca – brave dog that completed 400 bomb detection missions
- Moustache – black poodle in the French army
- Nemo – German Shepherd that served with the Air Force in the Vietnam War
- Rags – Cairn Terrier mix and WWI hero
- Rin Tin Tin – German Shepherd rescued from a World War I battlefield
- Rip – search and rescue dog during World War II
- Sallie – Civil War mascot
- Sam – heroic dog who helped in the Bosnia-Hertzegovina conflict
- Sarbi – bomb-detecting dog from Australia
- Sergeant Stubby – the most decorated war dog of WWI
- Sinbad – member of the Coast Guard from 1938-1949
- Smoky – Yorkshire Terrier hero of WWII
- Treo – bomb-sniffing black lab in the British military
Tough Dog Names
To be in the military takes a tough and tenacious personality. That’s why these tough dog names are a great choice as you hunt for military dog names.
Tough Male Dog Names
These strong and stoic names are an excellent option if you’re naming a male pup. They project power and are undeniably dynamic.
Discover more tough male dog names.
Tough Female Dog Names
If you’re bringing home a female dog, these names are for you. They’re firm and forceful with just a little bit of sass thrown in for good measure.
We hope you found inspiration in these military dog names. With 335+ ideas, you’re sure to find at least a few you love.
If you see a name that catches your eye, write it down. Or you can click on the heart icon on the left to save it.
Once you have a complete list of ideas, remove any names you don’t absolutely love.
When you’re down to just a few, say them out loud. Can you imagine loudly calling the name for your dog?
Also, don’t forget to take into account your dog’s appearance and personality. Will the name fit?
Once you’ve found the right now, you’ll know it in your gut!
Military Dog Names: How to Teach Your Dog Its Name
Once you pick the perfect name, the next step is to teach it to you pup.
But how do you do that?
Just follow these easy steps and your dog fill recognize their name in no tight.
- First, grab some small treats.
- Next, secure your dog with a leash.
- For the best success, move to a location without any distractions.
- From here, say your puppy’s name in a clear, happy, excited voice. Don’t forget to be positive!
- When they look your way, exclaim “yes!”
- At the same time, give them a treat.
- Wait until they look away and then repeat the process 3-5 times.
- Continue to play this name game. Do this several times a day, staggered across the course of the day so you don’t overdo it.
By following these steps, you’ll ensure your dog learns their name in no time.
The History of Military Dogs
Since ancient times, dogs have been used to help man with military pursuits. Their purpose varied from scouts to sentries to trackers.
The first recorded use of dogs in the military comes from the mid-7th century B.C. In fact, the history of dogs in warfare is quite fascinating.
In modern times, dogs have been used in World Wars I and II, Vietnam, the Iraq War and other conflicts. They served alongside humans, more than earning the title of “Man’s Best Friend.”
The most remarkable stories are captured in these fascinating movies.
So as you can see, the relationship between dogs and the military has existed for years, creating a truly inspirational partnership.