Q: Changing a dog's name

April 24, 2008 | By Sheila C. | 6 answers | Expired: 2337 days ago

Sheila C.

The Westie we are adopting from her breeder is 4 years old. We really don't like her name, and would like to change it. I posted this question on another pet forum and pretty much 100% of the answers were in favor of changing her name, some saying their dog was alot older when they adopted it and they changed the name, and that as long as the dog gets all the love and attention she needs that she wouldn't mind (lol). She's been raised in a kennel environment with many other Westies.

I thought I would throw it out here though, just to see what everyone here thinks.

Readers' Answers (6)

Apr 29, 2008

Just use the two names together and over time, slowly drop the one you want to change from. They'll get the hint more quickly if you pair the new combo with some treats! I wouldn't worry about it, older pets in shelters have their names changed too and seem to adapt pretty quickly as long as then get the rewards and affection from their new families!

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Apr 24, 2008

I don't think it matters for a cat because they pretty much respond when they want to respond, no matter what you call them. I think dogs are different. When I adopted a four-year-old corgi/sheltie mix from the humane society, I did not change her name even though I thought it was a silly name (Tippy). I felt she had been through enough changes and stress. She lost her home and loved ones, had to live in a kennel for a while, and had to get used to a new home and a new owner. The least I could do was let her keep her name.

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Brock M.

Apr 24, 2008

I don't see anything wrong with changing the name of a pet. They get use to how you say their name, now what it actually is.

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