Would you rename a dog??

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  1. jess2416

    jess2416 Who woulda thought

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    I was just wondering what everyone would do..

    Would you rename a dog that you had adopted??

    I would if it was a puppy, and the name didnt seem to suit them, but if it was an adult and had that name for a long time I would keep the name?? :)
     
  2. moxiegrl

    moxiegrl New Member

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    ditto, i would rename if a puppy and i didnt like it but keep the name if it were an adult dog.
     
  3. iheartsammy

    iheartsammy ME+DOGS=CRAZY

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    I might change the name for an adult if it was one that the rescue gave them, but if it was their name for a long time then i wouldn't..
     
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    didi had a weird name we couldn't even much pronounce, let alone spell . so it was time to a name-changing! my sister named her didi after a cartoon that was on cartoon network called dexter's lab. the main character had a sister named dee dee. she had a daugther named fifi so it was kinda fitting to name her didi. i wanted her name to be princess though, but nooo my sister got to name her. now i think the perfect name would be minnie. because she's a little meanie and looks kinda like a mouse, but after one name change, didi is just going to be her forever name

    pepe's original name was peppy. but since didi had a 4 letter name, peppy just wasn't going to do it for me. not only do i have a name matching obsession, but they have to have have the same amount of letters too! and plus i love pepe jeans so it was pepe from then on
     
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    If I don't like the name, I change it. It doesn't matter if it is an adult or a puppy. Dogs, unlike people, don't have any kind of personal attachment to their names. I think that getting a new name is also a great way for a dog to start a new life.

    I never knew Zeus' original name-he was found abandoned next to a highway. The foster home called him "Dudley". Sorry...that doesn't cut it for me.

    Voodoo was the same. I never knew his original name. He was responding to his new name by the end of the second day.
     
  6. Zoom

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    I had "Sawyer" picked out for him the day I picked him up from the rescue; they had been calling him "Poncho". That just didn't seem to work.

    Aubrey had been "Cissy" at the shelter, we changed it to "Guiness" for a couple of weeks before deciding that Aubrey was the best one.

    Virgo might be getting a name change, but that all depends on my grandma.

    So yeah, I would and have changed names. The only one we didn't change was my old dog Meisha; that was the name her foster mom gave her and we just kept it.
     
  7. Brattina88

    Brattina88 Active Member

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    I kept Missy's name. I wasn't too keen on it at first, but I was so in love with this dog that it didn't matter to me. I love her and her name now :p
    I agree, puppy name changing no problem. An adult dog, I try to keep it the same, especailly if they know it and respond to it well.
    I always change the name if its something that may be associated with negativity, however. For example, I fostered a terrier mix who's name was Mange. The original owners didn't know what mange was, they just thought it was a cool name. The dog did know her name, but you know what? They learn their new names quite easily... and if its a much more positive, pleasing name then its better off
     
  8. jess2416

    jess2416 Who woulda thought

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    I would definitly do that also :)
     
  9. PixieSticksandTricks

    PixieSticksandTricks Athletic Labs. They Exist

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    If I don't like the name I change it. Pixie was 8 when we got her had her name (Sam same as me) for all those years and picked up Pixie no problem. We changed Tuckers name from Benny and Disneys from Reptar. I like to name my dogs names I like. I don't want my dog to have a name thats dumb.
     
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    RD Are you dead yet?

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    Dogs understand new names pretty quickly. I'd definitely rename an adopted dog if I didn't like his/her name.
     
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    Buddy'sParents *Finding My Inner Fila*

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    Yup...if I don't like it and it doesn't fit the dog...why not? ;)
     
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    I'd definitely change it if it didn't seem right.
     
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    elegy overdogged

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    sure. dogs don't have any emotional attachment to their names.

    luce's shelter name was grace. who knows what her name was before the shelter people dubbed her that. i brought her home and called her luce/eleusis and that was that.

    mushroom's name i kept because it was the perfect name for him.

    the little poodle i used to have who was 15 1/2 when i got her was named siren, and i kept that as well, because it was just who she was. i had known her as siren for a long time before i brought her home, and it wouldn't have been right in my mind to change it (though she didn't know her name anyway, she was so freaking senile, so it wouldn't have made any difference).
     
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    Babyblue5290 Happy Meal. Yum.

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    Yup, if I didn't like it I would definetly change it. I would also change it for the fact I don't know how they where treated in their previous home so I wouldn't want their name to be associated with anything negative.
     
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    Yes, I'd rename a dog. It really doesn't take them too long to learn a new name, and it doesn't have to sound anything like their previous name as a lot of people think. It makes it easier if it does sound like the previous name, but they'll catch on either way. I would've renamed Winston, but he had his for his entire life and my family thought it suited him eventhough we all hated it so we decided to keep his name. That, and we couldn't think of anything else for him anyway.
     
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    Babyblue5290 Happy Meal. Yum.

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    Oh I should also mention I name a lot of the dogs (the strays) that come into our shelter and encourage people to change their name's to something they like better.
     
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    Depends on the name (or if the dog's name is even known - most of my dogs were/are throwaways). I did find out that Murphy and Michaleen's previous names were BJ and Grizzly but by that time they were already responding to their 'new' names. My elderly aunt actually had a poodle named Poopsie - I would changed that name in a flash!!
    I've always kept my horse's names, for some reason, even if I wasn't that fond of it...
     
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    Yes, if I didnt like the name.
     
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    Me too. My parents had me rename a cocker spaniel I had when I was little. She was a puppy when we got her and the people that had her named her Mai Tai, but since I was only 5 my mom didn't want my dog to be named after an alcoholic beverage so I renamed her Sandy.
     
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    I feel it depends on the situation.... " Ollie " could have been name by the HS or his adoptive owners who turned him back in.... he responded to the name , so I kept it. When changing a name ... I suggest a combination for change over...then drop the name you don't like.
     

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