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Old 10-30-2006, 10:22 AM
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Default Have you changed your dogs name? question

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?
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Old 10-30-2006, 01:10 PM
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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?

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Old 10-30-2006, 01:38 PM
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All my dogs have had their original names changed without any training issues developing.
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Old 10-30-2006, 01:58 PM
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I changed one dog's name slightly, and she never seemed to mind.
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Old 10-30-2006, 03:05 PM
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Meg was originally "Spice" . 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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Old 10-30-2006, 03:12 PM
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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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Old 10-30-2006, 03:32 PM
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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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Old 10-30-2006, 03:40 PM
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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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Old 10-30-2006, 03:51 PM
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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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Old 10-30-2006, 03:57 PM
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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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