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Old 12-27-2011, 04:00 PM
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Changing a puppy's name?

We went to go see thre older pups today--8 month old Standard Schnauzers.

They have three girls that are available for adoption.

The one we ar emost interested in has a name that we hate. The one that has the name we actually want to use, is a bit on the rambunctious side and the breeder says needs more close attention/training. Since our original preferance was to get an adult, we'd prefer and older pup that's got a calmer temperament.

Thing is, she's got a terrible name.

Any tips on how we change her name if we end up adopting her? Would we use her current name along with the new name for a while and then transition slowly to JUST the new name?
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Old 12-27-2011, 07:33 PM
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Name change

It is no big deal to give a dog a new name. Even older dogs can be easily taught their new name, so a puppy would be even more adaptable. For an older dog you may need to gradually overlay the preferred name by using both names for a period of time. In a short amount of time you may completely substitute the new name for the old one. For a puppy, you may be able to start using the preferred name right away. Just like any new command such a "sit" or "heel," your new puppy can be taught its new name.

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Contrary to some mythology out there, it is very easy to change the name of a dog at ANY age. Just call her the name you want to use. She'll figure it out quickly!

Puppies are a huge challenge. Changing names is the least of your worries!
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Thanks! Sounds like we can just go ahead with the name change and not worry about it
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Puppies are a huge challenge. Changing names is the least of your worries!
That's absolutely true lol.

When we first got Rocco we wanted to call him Leo, short for Leonidas from the movie 300! But as we got to know him a little better we felt like he's a little less "THIS IS SPARTA" in your face and a lot more of a sneaky escape artist type, so we changed it to Rocco.

It was pretty fast and easy. I would just say "Rocco" and when he looked at me he got a treat. Soon he just picked it up.
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I agree. Changing the dog's name is the least of your worries with an 8 month old puppy. I've changed the name of every dog I've ever adopted. You'll be fine.

Enjoy your pup!
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Sometimes I wonder if they even know their names. My boys respond to the way I ask them to come, not necessary the words I choose. Sometimes I call out "blah blah" in the same way I would say Wickit or Luka and they still act like I called them.

I hope you get your pup!
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Thanks for the feedback. Now you've got me all nervous about owning a pup, lol! Simon is now 5 so I'm a bit removed from puppy days. Howestly we wanted to adopt an adult but the local breeders have been honest in telling us that they don't forsee any adults becoming available and even then they give priority to existing clients. We really don't want to have to wait another 2-3 years as we've been wanting to add a second dog for about that long now but have had to wait until we were settled into our new house and got a fence up.
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I'm guessing y'all are pretty set on a certain breed?
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I'm guessing y'all are pretty set on a certain breed?
Yes, we are set on getting a Standard Schnauzer
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