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Diana
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Aug 01, 2016 at 00:50
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Is a dog ever too old to be renamed? Vote for this post

After a somewhat interesting conversation, I am asking your view on renaming a dog, are they ever too old?

In my opinion NO!, I feel a dog responds more to the tone of your voice than to what you actually call them. That said Izabella does respond to her name but then she also responds to Izzy, Izzy B, Izzle Bizzle and the list goes on. Matilda is similar Maddie, Tilly, Tilly Billy.

Dogs in shelters get new names all the time, sometimes it's due to the shelter not knowing their name.

What do you think?


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Toby and Suzie's Mom
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Aug 01, 2016 at 08:54
• Mary Ann
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I agree, dogs will get used to a new name.  And if the new name is somewhat similar to the old one it's usually pretty quick.

Mary Ann, Toby and Suzie



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Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie
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Aug 01, 2016 at 10:51
• Deborah
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I'm thinking that with patience and positive reinforcement (treats, etc.) a dog can learn to recognize a new name at any age--just my thoughts mind you.
Love, Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie

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NimbySue
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Aug 01, 2016 at 14:08
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I think you can change a name,I have done with a few of mine and they have got used to them very quickly really...also Nimby for instance sometimes as a nickname gets called chudder or Chuds and she responds to these the same as Nimby...and Andrew gets shortened to Drew which he also answers to...the other thing I think is if a rescue is that their old name sometimes triggers bad happenings so a new name is like a Happy new start for them in a way....Hugs Annie and Gang xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Sir William
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Aug 01, 2016 at 15:39
• Allen
(New Jersey)

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If you watch Westminster Dog Show you will see that all the dogs have a registered name. They also have a call name which is usually different.

Working with rescue it was always a good thing to change a dogs name so they would not associate their name with any bad things that happened to them.

If you change a dogs name make sure you change it anywhere the previous name is recorded such as Vets, Microchip, and ID tags.

Hope this is helpful.

Love Sir William ^--^

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Diana
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Aug 01, 2016 at 21:22
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Mollie's pedigree papers were Premlata Maiden Ashgate (her handle was Monique), Ryley was I can't think of the breeding prefix but the rest of it was Rocky Road. Hannah was Portglen Hannah (they just added the name I wanted). Foster is Snowdarts Foster O'Glen (never changed his name).

Thanks for the tip Allen, I think she has already done it or will do so soon.

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Charley
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Aug 01, 2016 at 16:42
• Teresa
(Missouri)

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When I got Charley I didn't even know I could change his name, or that the shelter had likely given him the name.
The only thing I knew is that some family had dropped him off, saying they couldn't afford to care for him anymore. I thought they had named him Charley. He had lost everything so I didn't want him to lose his name, too.
Years later is when I found out that a dogs name in a shelter is often changed to something else. But by then, the name Charley suited him so well LOL
He had lots of nicknames, too.
Good thread!

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Arran Skye
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Aug 01, 2016 at 17:08
• Mary Alice
(South Carolina)

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No. You can change a name to whatever you like. When I found Bugs in a parking lot at a Duke Power access area, she was emaciated and flea infested. She was older than 10. In the nine wonderful months we were roommates, she learned her name. She figured it out quickly and easily.

ED Mulligan was named Chance when I got him at about 2 years old. He figured out he was ED quickly, too.

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Caesar and Murphy Latham
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Aug 03, 2016 at 20:40
• Louise
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When I adopted Caesar I named him Caesar. It fit him perfectly. When I adopted Murphy that was his name and I chose not to change it. It fit him perfectly so it stayed. Louise, Caesar and Angel Murphy

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Diana
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Aug 04, 2016 at 03:15
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My brother renamed his 18 month old Rotti as she was previously called Barbie (I couldn't certainly see why he didn't want to call that name out down the park), she was renamed Abbey. And his next dog a Great Dane X was called Miley (after Miley Cyrus) needless to say she is now Marley. 

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