Dobies Rescue Names change

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When you get a  rescue dobie do any of you change their names.. I always thought if I got a red dog I would call her Ruby... i would not want to mix up a rescue..  I guess it depends on the age..
Missy is ok but maybe it would confuse her too much..
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I don't change names unless it's close. Bruno is really more of a Brutus so I call him both at the same time, but to be honest I usually just call him Brunie Brunie McBrunie Pants.

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I have a brand new puppy, 11 weeks old, and his name is Axel.  However I call him XMAN. Its easy to change their names.  Just do what you are comfortable with and the rest will follow.

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Thank you for your input.. I probably will not change her name.. she will probabley an older dog.. if I was going a young dog I maybe would

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Bet, Ben came with the name Gentle Ben but he answers to Beniebaby, Benie boo boo, Benie man, Benie Dog, Bubba, Big Bubba, etc. imagine people's reaction when I say Benie Boo Boo to a rottie, hahahaa, changing their name will not bother them. If I like the name then I keep it, one of my collies came to me with the name Levi that was ok, but then my last collie with the name Adidas and I changed it to Goofy I got tired of animals named after clothing hhahahahaha, they will understand the name change, it's whatever you call them to eat and treat by that they will respond to......I like Ruby......

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If the rescue dog experienced abuse, it's a good idea to change their name because there can be relatively permanent negative associations with it. If she likes her name, I see no reason to change it. If she seems skittish, I might try changing it to something else different sounding, perhaps with an 'oh' ending.  

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I was going to say the same as Alpha :) But you beat me to it :p

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Dana said she seems confident and alert and very sweet.. she doesnt seem like she was abused. so I will just keep her name. I have a lot of nick names for Levi.. Sweet little man, man of my life ..lol and i find my grand daughter doing the same thing.. 

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When I got Hoss they had named him Boss,he would Not come to Boss the second I said come Hoss he came instantly.I have found that it doesn't take them long to get used to a new name it's like a new name for a new start!   Dodie & Hoss 

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I am agreeing with Webby ( HAVE to agree with Webby LOL) and Tali.. I think it's the tone of voice and the reaction to response..

If you like the name Ruby,... so will she!!

We had no idea what Sofia's name was before we got her, and she was responding to "Sofia" within a few days.. Of course now, she'd prefer "Your most gracious and royal majesty" but it too long for immediate recall.. LOL

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lol   I will see . she is an older dog too that may make a difference

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Sometimes the rescue will change the name. Sometimes there is a name change because they don't know what name the dog had before (as in strays).

I recently transported a 4 year old rescue female whose owner had died. There were six dogs at the home and when the husband died, the widow could not take care of them, so the turned them over to a "rescue". The quotation marks are because the person passed herself off as a rescue (she has operated under numerous names) but in fact just moved them to some old kennels on a piece of property that she neither owned nor leased and had no rights to use. There was no shelter, and no one around. She had someone that was supposed to come by and feed them "three times a week", but in fact it was more like once a week. After about three weeks in these conditions, the five Dobermans were rescued by a real licensed rescue organization - Doberman Rescue Alliance of Florida. (Unfortunately, before they were alerted, a non-Doberman, the sixth dog died of starvation. Google the article named Scruffy never got his second chance for the story.)

The one I transported was originally called Gail, but her name was changed to Gabrielle, but was called Gabby by everyone. Most states require registration of the rescues, I was surprised by the paperwork that had to accompany Gabby, including a Georgia form and a Federal interstate form (her forever home was in Florida).

Of the five Dobermans rescued from that situation, all five have been adopted, and three of them had their names changed while in rescue.

If the name they arrive with is one that is okay with you, don't change it. If it does not seem to fit, or if you want to call them something else, it will be okay with them to. They are intelligent and will figure out you are talking to them very quickly.

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Gideon answers to "Goofus " now lol

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That is funny Hickory

Levi will turn around for "Sweet Man"  of course it is the way I say it and in the doggy voice etc..lol

I listen to my grand daughter and she does the same thing that sqeaky sing song voice they know is theirs.. 

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