Changing the name of an adopted pet?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 16
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Helper bee

Totally ok to change the name!  The dog needs a home and your friend will be comforted that she has a good one.  Also, you can’t run around calling the dog something like sh*t head.  That would be terrible!  Change the name to whatever you want!  

Post # 17
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Blushing bee

Totally okay! my mom’s dogs all have ~3 different names because we use their nicknames so often! Each one responds to their name/ respective nicknames with no problem! I think it’s nice of you to ask her, it’s thoughtful! And I am sure she will understand. 

I remember reading somewhere that dogs generally respond to the first syllable of their name. No clue if this is true, but it may have some validity. For example, if their name was Spot, he or she may easily adapt to the name Spunk because of the “sp-” sound! Again, no clue if it’s true, but it may work!

Post # 18
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Busy bee

My dog was 3 when I adopted him not sure what his name was before but the shelter called him Pheonix.  I called him Cool beans for about a week until I realized he was obviously Wendell. Pretty sure that he thought his name was Cam’er (come here) until Wendell stuck.  He also reacts to Wen and handsom boy.

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

It’s totally fine to change the dog’s name, especially for the reason you’ve given, and especially because you’re going to replace its name with one that sounds similar!

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Definitely okay to change it. I changed the names of all three of the cats that I adopted. The names they came with weren’t the best. laughing That dog is lucky to have you!

Post # 21
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Bumble bee

We adopted our Australian Shepherd from a rescue when he was almost 3.  We were just saying names out loud and he reacted to Leo so Leo became his new name and didn’t react to his old name within a week.  

Post # 22
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Helper bee

This is a different situation, but when I adopted my first dog from the pound, they encouraged us to change the name. You have to train them to respond to a certain name in the first place so it’s not hard to train them again to respond to a second name.

Post # 23
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

You’re overthinking this, the dog doesn’t care about his name but it’s so sweet that you are trying to be considerate. The dog only cares that you will give him a good home. The previous owner might be a little sad about the name change, but I’m sure they will understand.

Post # 24
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Sugar bee

We rescued and adopted  one of our cats when she was 3 or 4.. her original name was Running Bear 😑 we changed it to Misty and she actually responds to the new name. I think its totally fine to change the dogs name 🙂 I felt like our cat was really ‘ours’ once we gave her a new name.

Post # 25
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Bee Keeper

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cmsgirl :  I would definitely check with the friend prior to changing it.  If she’s okay then change it.  When we adopted a shelter dog, we kept his name only because that was his name for 12 years.  Other than that, we would have changed it.  When we adopted our second dog, he didn’t really have a name so we picked another name for him and he adjusted to it very quickly.

Post # 26
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Helper bee

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cmsgirl :  My dog was a rescue and I changed her name. Think of it like this; the dog wont be as confused because your a new family: New family, new name. In the dogs mind THIS is what YOU call her. Its not like the original owners just changed her name on a random Tuesday. The doggie will totally adapt and love you and its new name.

Post # 27
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Newbee

I’ve adopted adult pets before. One cat and two dogs. I have changed all of their names and they all learned their new names very quickly. I would never leave pet a name that would sound like a curse. 

Post # 28
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Sugar bee

We changed our guy’s name at 10 months old when we got him. He had no problems adjusting. 

My friend got a three year old rescue from the pound. She has no idea what his name was previously, but he had no issues with a name change as well. 

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Not a big deal! I think most people end up changing an adopted pet’s name (even if they are older). He will pick it up after a while. Bonus points if the new name has some similarities to the old (starts with the same letter, similar syllible pattern).

Post # 30
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

Not a big deal to the dog, like many PPs, we’ve adopted and changed names, plus we have nicknames for the dogs, they don’t care. 

As for the friend… if it’s a deal where she’s still going to be somewhat involved with the dog, like if she’s going to be coming back to visit the dog and such, then I might run it by her, just to let her know why the dog’s name isn’t appropriate for your household. If she’s leaving forever and you’re never going to see her again, I’d just change it. 

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