06 Oct How to Change Your New Dog’s Name
How to Change Your New Dog’s Name
What is in a name? It can be a symbol for your dog’s identity and life with you as a dog parent. Many adopters rename their dogs to make them feel like part of the family, even though most dogs have names from previous owners or dog adoption agencies. You can change the name of a dog. Here are some tips to help you change your dog’s name.
- Pick a name quickly. Dogs may get confused if they are called by their old names. You can change their name later if they’re older. You can search online for names for dogs, or in baby books. Or think about people or places that are important to your life, such as the name of the street you grew up on, your favorite sports player, a literary character, or the name of the place where you were born.
- Make a commitment to a name. Stick with the name you have chosen. Multiple times changing a dog’s name because you have changed your mind can lead to confusion and cause problems in training.
- Start with a few treats. Once in a while, you can call your dog’s name and immediately give them a treat.
- You can use their name frequently to help them get used to it. You can use both the original and alternate names to form an association if your dog is used to their name. Frankie can be changed to Frankie Teddy and Teddy. When giving them a command, always say their name and gaze in their direction. When praising or affectionating them, repeat their name. This will help them associate their name with positive things.
Dogs are quick to get used to new names. Don’t be discouraged if your dog takes a while to get used to the new name. Every dog is different and yours will soon catch up.