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Name Changing?

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Kashmir- ♥ CGC

Boxer Beach Bum
 
 
Barked: Sat Oct 27, '12 3:25pm PST 
If you adopt a dog and they already have a name that you didnt like. Or if they didnt respond to the name they already have, is it very hard to change? What are the steps to change it?
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Kali

She's game for- anything that's- fun.
 
 
Barked: Sat Oct 27, '12 4:37pm PST 
I have a friend who did that. They used lots of treats and used his name before every command. It didn't take long.
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Chase

Oh boy!- Ohboyohboyohboy!
 
 
Barked: Sat Oct 27, '12 5:06pm PST 
Chase was Spirit at the shelter (and maybe in her previous life) and when my friend adopted her, she named her Tala.
Treats and praise when I said her name and she knew she was Chase within the week.
My friend adopted a dog on the weekend. Her name was Boots (who names a Giant Schnauzer boots?) and she already knows that Isabel is her name now.
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Lizzie, CGC

Fence Jumper
 
 
Barked: Sat Oct 27, '12 5:50pm PST 
Lizzie was between 6 and 9 when I got her from her old family. Her name was Buttercup. I just couldn't picture myself calling her that. I changed her name immediately with no issues.
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Sun

1258882
 
 
Barked: Sat Oct 27, '12 6:09pm PST 
I wonder if dogs remember their old names if they haven't been used in a long time. thinking
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Dora

A-Dora-ble!
 
 
Barked: Sat Oct 27, '12 6:10pm PST 
Dora was four when I got her, and her name had been Dezi. I started calling her Dora, in connection with every good and positive thing--food, walks, toys, etc. In a day or so she was reliably responding to Dora.
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Buddy

Moms Handsome- Prince
 
 
Barked: Sat Oct 27, '12 6:18pm PST 
Buddy was Demon when I got him, taken from his registered name. I wanted no negative carry over from his former life so I changed it. Easy stuff, name, treat, name ,treat. It took just a few days, less time then to be able to touch him.
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Nicky

bitches love- pantaloons
 
 
Barked: Sat Oct 27, '12 6:24pm PST 
Not at all. Nicky's shelter name was "Whistle" (gag). He picked up on his new name pretty quickly. Paris was a stray so we had no idea what her name was previously and she didn't have any problems learning her new name either.
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Maggie,- Tika, &- Porter

Aussie-tastic- Trio
 
 
Barked: Sat Oct 27, '12 9:49pm PST 
Changing names is easy. Tika was Fiona at the breeders and even went through two names before I finally landed on Tika. I played the 1000 Tika game, which is where I say the new name a minimum of 100 times a day for 10 days and give a cookie/treat each time I say the name in varying tones and emotions. Usually by day two they catch on...but I continue for longer as I want to really ingrain the new name. I've done that method with at least 8 foster dogs with great success.
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Jackson Tan

Lad about town
 
 
Barked: Sat Oct 27, '12 10:08pm PST 
Jackson was Chester when I got him! That wasn't staying! I just used the new name and he got used to it, no special steps involved at all.
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