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Old 11-05-2011, 04:26 PM   #1
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I know when you adopt a puppy they usually have a name already but can you "change it"? Like call it a different name in hopes that it will respond to that name instead of the original one?

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Yes. Dogs aren't attached to their names like we think. In fact, many rescue groups suggest you change the name in case the former owners used the name in a negative manner - such as "Rover!!! NO!!!" Then "Rover" becomes "NO" to the dog.

I always change my rescues' names. It doesn't affect them at all. And all of my dogs have three or four nick names they respond too as well. Asher responds better to Smash than he does his own name.
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Frostz, change the name if you don't like it. Agility is right. If the dog has been abused, it's probably best to change it's name. I have three dogs and they all go by multiple names. My Chi's name is Scooter. He answers to Scoot, Ooot, and Baby boy blue. Ok. Don't ask about the baby boy blue name....,, :O) My Collie Harley goes by Lee, Lee Lee, and baby. My Collie Casey goes by Big Boy, Biggie D, and stick tail. Again, don't ask about the stick tail name.
Your dog will adjust to it's new name in no time at all.

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Stick tail?? Hahaha!!
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Yup you sure can. I know i never changed my dogs name but i did changed my parrots name and he was not a chick.
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By all means change it if you want. The dog will learn to respond to the new name

Mine all respond to several things too. My shepherd Rosie responds also to Rose, Goofy, Dorko dog and batdog. Tigger responds to any variation of "Tigger" you can think of. Tigs, Tigzy, Tigger baby, Tiggy.
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to echo what everyone else has stated, yes, you can change your dog's name. when we adopted our current dog his name was Billy. But, he was unresponsive to that name and we didn't care for it, so we named him George (because he came from Georgia). He not only responds to that name but he looks like a george

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agility, the poor dog has allergies so bad, that this past summer we had him cut down to about 2 inches of hair. We changed his diet and added some suppliments, but, his tail looked so funny. It looked like a stick. My Husband started calling him stick tail, and now it's one of his call names.

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poor Stick Tail. I hope he's better now!!
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Yes. Dogs aren't attached to their names like we think. In fact, many rescue groups suggest you change the name in case the former owners used the name in a negative manner - such as "Rover!!! NO!!!" Then "Rover" becomes "NO" to the dog.
I had never thought of that before!

We were going to adopt from the humane society and I wondered about this, I'm glad I found such a great answer!

I noticed that dogs pick up on their nicknames pretty quick so it's not such a surprise I suppose.

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