What's In a Name?
Don't Like It? CHANGE It!
Do you like your dog’s name?
Think you picked a good one, or do you regret it every time you call him for dinner? If the latter, please know that it is quite all right to change his name. And if he is a rescue, and this was the name an abuser screamed at him on a regular basis, please DO change it.
When I got Jetta, her name was Brook. I didn’t like the name Brook and I had planned, long before I ever found her, to name my next Doberman Jetta. I spoke with her breeder/owner many times before she sent her to me, and while referring to her as “Brook,” in my mind, I kept thinking of her as “Jetta” and somehow it came out “Bretta.”
So I decided to just call her Bretta, which I did for the first week or two I had her.
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Then I realized I really didn’t like that name either, and I really did love the name Jetta, so I changed it again. This didn’t faze her one bit.
Dogs don’t care what we call them, as long as we don’t call them late for dinner. I know… that’s an old one. Couldn’t resist. Seriously… if they associate a name with food, petting, play, going bye-bye… it doesn’t hurt them one bit to have their name changed. They’ll get used to it in short order and everyone will be satisfied.
By the way: a dog can even have TWO (or more) names. If you like one name and your spouse or child likes another name, go for it! It will not confuse your dog at all to be multi-named! :-)
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