Why Do We Love Dogs so Much? It's undeniable the bond that we share with our furry best friends. But why are we so inseparable? Humans domesticated dogs over 14,000 years ago. The relationship began as a mutual service agreement. Dogs offered protection while humans offered food. Because humans and dogs spent so many years evolving together, that bond gradually became more affectionate. Petting a dog has been shown to decrease stress levels. Dogs and people can even understand each others' language

In honor of National Dog Day, here are 2019’s 20 most popular dog names

August 26 is National Dog Day. It’s also International Dog Day.

There are lots of ways to show your pooch extra appreciation today, whether it’s extra time at one of Atlanta’s dog parksgoing for a swim or grabbing some dinner together

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Or maybe today’s the day you add to your family by adopting a dog from one of Atlanta’s shelters.

If that’s the case, you’ll need to think of a name. 

In honor of National Dog Day, BARK compiled the top 200 most popular dog names in the U.S. based on BarkBox and Super Chewer subscribers.

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Here are the top 20. Is your pup’s name listed?

  1. Bella
  2. Charlie
  3. Luna
  4. Lucy
  5. Max
  6. Bailey
  7. Cooper
  8. Daisy
  9. Sadie
  10. Molly
  11. Buddy
  12. Lola
  13. Stella
  14. Tucker
  15. Bentley
  16. Zoey
  17. Harley
  18. Maggie
  19. Riley
  20. Bear

For all 200 names, click here.

In addition to the list of names, BARK is teaming up with the NYC Gay Men’s Chorus on Twitter. Dog owners can get a customized song about their pup by replying to @barkbox on Twitter with their dog’s name, photo and a little bit about why they deserve praise with the hashtag #Praisedog. BarkBox will then reply with a song made just for them.

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