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    2 year old dog. Not sure that he even knows his name. He does not seem to respond like my dogs do when I call them by thier name. Has anyone ever changed a dogs name & had good results wit it?

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    I have a dog from my own litter that I called Pup-pup for over 3 years. Changed his name to Happy - seemed to respond in 2 to 3 days & reliably after 2 weeks. Did not seem to be a problem. He knew Pup-pup to start with though........ sounds like there may be other issues. Retrain keeping EVERYTHING positive, happy () and up beat - use food to start with if you feel necessary. I don't name my dogs until something strikes me as being "right". Usually takes about 10 months - just me and my quirks. Not one of my dogs have had their call name right away. Have a female right now that will be a year old on Feburary 5th with current call name of "Trouble" - it might just stay. Good luck and have fun!
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    They learn new names quick. If you can give him a name similar to the one he has, great. If not, no big problem. Just use it a lot! Combine his current name, like "Jake", and say "Jake-Jack" or Jake-Blake, etc... gradually dropping the first one.
    I took a 'rescue' in a year or so ago, he came with Duke, I changed it to Brick, and then his new owners changed it to Brutus!
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    We have one right now that had a call name change
    "Kid" was "Cope" and we changed his call name when he was 2

    Kid was returned from our litter. We bought the dog back.
    Anyway he was in the airing yard and would not come, Marty said something like " the kid wont come" he bounded right up on Kid. It stuck.

    Best wishes if you change.
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    yes x4
    changed a Toby to Scooby Do
    not an issue.
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    I've done it a bunch with rescue dogs, many of whom don't have a name that I know of. They pick up on it pretty quickly - a few days to a couple weeks at most. And I've kept old rescues that have the same name as one of my dogs, and changed their name to a subtle difference, like Molly to Dolly, Ginger to Gigi, and they learned their names quickly, even with another dog around that had their original name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikki Malarky View Post
    2 year old dog. Not sure that he even knows his name. He does not seem to respond like my dogs do when I call them by thier name. Has anyone ever changed a dogs name & had good results wit it?
    Like lots of folks have already written, it's no big deal to change a dog's callname. Especially a young one. It should be a breeze.

    I'm assuming this is a 2 year old dog that someone else named, but someone else (whoever had the dog) really did not adequately train the dog. If that's the case, I think a new call name is an even better idea. The old call name, if the dog does not respond due to poor or non-existent training, is probably a background noise.

    Introducing a new call name may be a GREAT idea!

    Chris
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    If you want to do a slow transition, you can say the new name FIRST followed by the old name. A much quicker way of doing it is to take 10 SMALL pieces of a yummy treat (kibble works fine if they're super food motivated), sit the dog in front of you, say "name" and immediately give treat.... repeat for all 10 treats. Do this 3-4 times a day and you'll have a dog that responds to that new name in less than a day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Atkinson View Post
    Like lots of folks have already written, it's no big deal to change a dog's callname. Especially a young one. It should be a breeze.

    I'm assuming this is a 2 year old dog that someone else named, but someone else (whoever had the dog) really did not adequately train the dog. If that's the case, I think a new call name is an even better idea. The old call name, if the dog does not respond due to poor or non-existent training, is probably a background noise.

    Introducing a new call name may be a GREAT idea!

    Chris
    You hit it exactly Chris, He just don't like the name the previous ownergave him & he has a name that he has always wanted to use plus he really likes this dog. Thanks everyone for your help.

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