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Old 04-05-2010, 01:32 PM
 
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so my friend has a toy shih-zu as well and she adopted it and well not wants to change the name because she does not like it and her dog is about 4 years old now. Do you think that the dog will respond because the dog is very obident and she wants the dog to stay listening and not change?
A dog does not have sense of identity with their name the way people do. The dog's name is just a word you say to get their attention. Their name might as well be "pay attention", so you really do not need to anthropomorphize how you would feel if someone changed your name.

In a rescue or adoption situation I ALWAYS change the name. You have no idea what possible negative connotations your dog connects to its "name" so why not just start over again? One of my border collies had 4 names before I got her and I changed it again. She is exceptionally obedient.
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Old 04-05-2010, 03:39 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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I changed all 3 of my dogs names. Roxy's name was Floppy, which I understand because she has one floppy ear, but that is a bunny's name not a dogs lol. Zoey's name was Shotzy which we didn't like and its kind of masculine. Duke's name was Kadence which is slightly feminine, his original name was Scout (3 homes and 3 names poor dog). Roxy learned hers right away but she was an only dog when we first got her. Zoey and Duke both learned theirs within a few days. None of them seem to mind the name change. and if you call them by their old name they don't even look up at you.
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Old 04-05-2010, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Land of debt and Corruption
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We got our dog from a rescue/shelter. She had been found roaming at large. The shelter named her Sara, but we changed it to Snoops.

If she had been someone's pet and was used to a certain name, then I might consider keeping it the same. As it was, I couldn't keep her name Sara since that happens to be my name. :P
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:20 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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bailey was patches

dave was spike

charlie was glenda

and i can't remember what max's shelter name was.......
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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The refuge we adopted Willie from named him Noah, which I didn't keep, because it coincided with a person very close to me's name.
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:17 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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oh and the adult beagle boy that wandered into my yard a month or 2 back was christened james-beagle .... a name he learned in about 2 days or less........
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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It's funny to see my old thread revived. My dog had the following transition:

Original Name: Joey
Rescue Name: Little John
New Name: Snowy
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I changed the names of my two pups, but it was highly suggested to keep the names similar sounding.

Example:
Gizmo > Bristow
Phoebe > Kylie
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Old 04-07-2010, 04:35 PM
 
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I changed the name of 2 of mine.
Gabby was named Abby at the shelter
Bernie was named Hollywood.

They don't care what you call them when it is feeding time.
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Old 04-07-2010, 04:47 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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I have. Two of the Dobermans I got from rescue came with silly names, and since they'd been strays at large when taken in, I'm sure "Jazz" and "Summer" weren't the names they'd had since birth. They were quick to learn "Ruby" and "Missy", especially when the new names were connected with mealtimes.

At first I wasn't enamored with the name "Nanners", but it grew on me, as did she. It fits.
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