Have you changed your dogs name? question

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  1. misticaleclipse

    misticaleclipse New Member

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    As I have posted before I may be looking at adding a second dog
    to my house hold. I am always looking at adds and have noticed
    my dogs name is not so unusual :)

    So my question is, Have you bought a dog with the same name and
    gone through changing the dogs name? how well did it work?
     
  2. Brattina88

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    I've fostered many dogs that I knew the name, and then decided to change it (for whatever reason). It works out well; they don't have an attachment (or lack of) to their names like we do...

    But other than a common name, why change it? He knows it well enough, right? :p
     
  3. Gig 'Em Ags

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    All my dogs have had their original names changed without any training issues developing.
     
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    I changed one dog's name slightly, and she never seemed to mind.
     
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    Meg was originally "Spice" :rolleyes: . Really, all a name is to a dog is another command - it usually means, "Hey, look at me". You can retrain a dog to reply to a new name pretty quickly.
     
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    Oakley used to be Tango...

    he probably was responding to oakley within the first week we got him (cause we would say it every 5 secs, then smother him with attention, rofl...)

    no problemo whatsoever...

    oakley kinda responds to a lot of things though...he responds just as well to poopsie butt....and the other various embarrassing nicknames we have for him
     
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    Muggie'sMum Mistress Wigglebutt

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    When we bought Morrie, who was named such by the breeder, she offered to change it for us before we got him so he would "know who he is" before he came to us, but with the exception of my mare, Angel, who came to us as "Sugar" and my first brain reaction was Angel everytime I looked at her (more like I couldn't train MYSELF to keep her old name instead of training her to know her new name), every animal I've owned gets to keep their name.
     
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    Ronin's name was "Hugh".... ugh! It was hard to say, hard to understand, and the poor dog hated it. I renamed him Ronin when I got him at 18 months, and he was fine with it - didn't mind in the slightest!
     
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    I didn't have to change her name. I picked her out the day after she was born, even though I was never sure she was the one I could have. As soon as the breeder gave in and let me have her, she started calling her Tosca for me. So she came to me as Tosca. Her birth name was Blaze, as she had a blaze. Of course her blaze is left as only a small hint now. Thus she is named "Rainbow's Piccolo Blaze". But she doesn't know that. lol.
     
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    When I got Duke his name was Cheeko. Which I was not a fan of. Since he was a rescue and wasnt at the shelter for too long he didnt even respond to Cheeko. So it didnt matter to change his name. Only thing was it took him awhile to respond to Duke probably a month or more.
     
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    I wasn't real crazy about Ranger's name when we rescued him, but I didn't dislike it enough to go through changing it. 50% laziness on my part and 50% concern for confuseing him on top of bringing him into a new home which was already confuseing enough i'm sure. If a name just urks me to death though I have no problems tilting the scales and changing it- I did it with my Blue Front Amazon parrot.
    BTW- Meg's gaze into the unknown with such studious intent reminds me of Ranger. Here he is a more leisurely moment :p:

    [​IMG]
     
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    We changed Banzai's name from Dane. No problems at all. :D
     
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    Wally's name has always been Wally. But my other dog was Charger with his previous owner, then Charles in the shelter, Charlie when he lived with my trained and I just threw him a curve ball and named him Mike Hunt :)

    The transition went well . . . except I think he thinks that "Michael" means "quiet" lol
     
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    When dogs come into the rescue they are given names. People who adopt them from us most of the time change that name and the dogs are fine with it. The dogs who keep their names are the dogs who have been with us for a long time and know their names.
     
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    We changed Piper's name and she learned it within about 4 days. Besides her, we haven't changed anyone's name, but I don't see a problem with changing names.
     
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    Its nice to know that they would not have an issue with it.
    I thought they had a stronger attachement to there names.

    I have heard of people changing it by using the old name
    infront of the name name for a while first, but if there name
    was the same as my dogs that would great a lot of confusion.
     
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    I never used the old name along with the new name. Teaching a dog a new name is simply like teaching it a new command. They catch on very easy. :)
     
  18. PixieSticksandTricks

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    I have never met a dog that didn't adjust fine to a new name. It should work out. Almost all my dogs came with different names then what they are now.
     
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    Before we got Binn we named him "Wraith". Wraith means grey ghost.. he's not
    grey.. lol.. so we renamed him Binn.

    Stella's name was "Harmony". We changed it to Stella.. it best suited her. She got used to it in a week :)
     
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    Verde didnt have a name when she came home. She is learning.
     

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