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I have a friend to her little JRT pita. It is very cute, until she began to reach her name! My friend was renamed as pizza. Don't know the dog behavior to improve, but the boss seems to be more happy.
Recently, I decided to buy a dog, and I live for two years. I like dogs, but never like this name and he came here. I changed his name, he never blinked!

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I have a friend who named her little JRT PITA. It was cute until she started living up to her name! My friend changed the name to Pizza. Not sure if the dogs behavior improved, but the owner seemed happier.

I recently decided to purchase a dog that lived with me for two years. I loved the dog, but have never liked the name he came here with. I changed his name and he never blinked!
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Bob Maida

It's ok to change your dog's name.
It's easier for the Dog if you come up with a name sounding similar such as Luke instead of Duke or Molly instead of Holly.
But if not at least be sure the name is short.. as it is than more easier for Dog to process the sound.

Michelle

Excellent post! I always find it odd when people think they can't change their adopted dog's name. I mean, how many dogs come into shelters as strays whose name no one knows? Dahlia was picked up as a stray when she was around 2 years old. Who the heck knows what her original name was. But she sure does know her "new" name!

rick smith

when i start pet training training with someone i often encourage them to change the name. here's how i go about it....
first i always have the owners show me "what it can do (and not do)"
...inevitably i will hear the name repeated over and over with no response from the dog :-)
...i will use some other crazy name and show the dog how to make eye contact before they get the treat, which takes most dogs a couple of minutes :-)
- i explain how important it is to get the dog's attention before it can learn much of anything
....i then say that right now the dog really doesn't know its name, so why not think about a new name and only reward the dog when it gives EC
- of course they like the game and also get some instant gratification that they have "taught" it something so quickly
- then they have a ball trying to figure out what their "new dog" will have for its new name
---win win for dog/owner

CLH

I have a friend who named her little JRT PITA. It was cute until she started living up to her name! My friend changed the name to Pizza. Not sure if the dog's behavior improved, but the owner seemed happier.

I recently decided to purchase a dog that lived with me for two years. I loved the dog, but have never liked the name he came here with. I changed his name and he never blinked!

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  • Con Slobodchikoff, Ph.D.
    Slobodchikoff is President and CEO of Animal Communications, Ltd., specializing in pet behavior problems and in educating people about the behavior of animals.
  • Karen London, Ph.D.
    London is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Pet Dog Trainer who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavioral problems in the domestic dog.