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Old 05-08-2013, 11:09 PM
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Default changing a dog's name

My foster Dixie has found herself a new home. She'll stay with me a while longer until her new family moves into their new place and in the meantime we'll keep learning about being a real dog and just enjoying life.

They want to change her name from Dixie to Dani/Dany. I don't care, at all. She only recently started responding to Dixie anyways. I just treated it as I would if giving an old behavior a new cue. New cue, old cue, c/t. I tend to call her Dan more than anything now though... because that's girly!

Stryker became Ruca without an issue.

I know Cody became Crossbone, I assume without issue as well!

Opinions? Would you change a dog's name if it had one previously?
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:13 PM
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Piglet was Montana when we got her. They named her after the street she'd been hit by a car on. WAS NOT keeping that. UGH. She transitioned to Piglet easily.

Bridget's name was Jessie. I just... didn't like it for a dog, so we changed it after we got her. She transitioned well too. Both dogs are 3+ years (ish).

Bobsie was Bobbie (yeah, added an S, LOL, Bobby was the name of the man who raped me as a child) She was round eight we we adopted her, transition was easy but we also just added a sound to it.

Just be consistent with it and it should be fine.
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:21 PM
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I've kept some dogs' names and changed others...
Pip was Freckles, which I didn't care for
Maisy was Roxie - no way no how, her immediately predecessor was Roxy
Roxy was originally Rocky (?!), which I sort of tried to keep similar-ish
Desire, Chessie, and Squash kept the names they came with

Although mine have always had a bunch of nicknames and they pretty much respond to most of them, so I don't think it's critical.

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Old 05-08-2013, 11:52 PM
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I've both changed and kept names, and my dogs respond to certain frequent nicknames as well (though not in the same way as their real name). No biggie.

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Old 05-08-2013, 11:56 PM
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Arnold was "Babazu".
Shamoo was "Taboo".
Backup was "Aldo".

I've also renamed several fosters, it's never been an issue and always felt right.
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Old 05-09-2013, 12:00 AM
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Happy was always Happy. I had no desire to change it just because it felt... right. Plus it reminded me of 7th Heaven which was like, my fave show as a kid. Of course with a deaf dog it doesn't really matter since she has no clue what her name is anyway, but if I would have disliked the name, I'd have no hesitation changing it.

We kept Molly's name when we got her, too. I think mostly just because we couldn't agree on what to change it to.

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Old 05-09-2013, 12:25 AM
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Sure thing! We just changed Jason's Border Collie from Huck Finn to Robin Hood. We've had him his whole life and changed it at one year old...because it suits him better lol
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Old 05-09-2013, 12:32 AM
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Ma'ii originally came to us as Marlin, and I CRINGED everytime I said his name, because it sounded too close to my uncle's name, Merlin. Still, we kept the name for about several months, because he already knew it, and because I had some illogical notion that it was wrong to rename a dog who already had a name.

Then one day, while talking about it with my husband, a good point was raised. We had named Charlotte when she came to us as a stray. Charlotte most likely was NOT her original name, yet she didn't give a flying whoop. He was MY dog now, and I had the right to call him what I wanted. So I renamed him Ma'ii (Muh-ee), which means "coyote" in Navajo. It fits him soooooo much better then "Marlin"!

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Old 05-09-2013, 01:37 AM
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laika was originally mushu the first day i got her then like the 3rd day she became maddalynn rose then a few months ago i realized laika fit her better so now her name is laika lou.
jayson was just called puppy at the BYB's house then when i got him at 12 weeks old he was and always will be jayson lee(yes i give them middle names lol)

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Old 05-09-2013, 02:23 AM
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Saga was Shiloh. She responded better to Saga.

Nico was originally Sonic, until he was 9 months old, them he was adopted and renamed Knuckles. When he came back and I knew he was going to be mine, he got to be Nico. He's been fine with it. (Though I'm still not sure how I came up with Nico, it's never been on any of my name lists...)
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