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Old 10-30-2006, 04:11 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.
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 :

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Old 10-30-2006, 04:15 PM
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We changed Banzai's name from Dane. No problems at all.
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Old 10-30-2006, 05:16 PM
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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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Old 10-30-2006, 06:33 PM
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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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Old 10-30-2006, 07:02 PM
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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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Old 10-30-2006, 11:38 PM
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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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Old 10-30-2006, 11:57 PM
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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.
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Old 10-31-2006, 12:11 AM
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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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