Adopting a new dog can be an exciting and rewarding experience. However, one of the decisions you may need to make as a new pet owner is whether or not to change your dog’s name after adoption.
Many rescued dogs come in with no name, and so the name they have when you meet them was given to them by the rescue, and they have no particular attachment to it. On the other hand, if the dog was surrendered, they may have come with a name they’ve had their whole life.
When we adopted Blueberry, his original name was Snuffleufagus, aka Snuffles, a name given to him by the rescue volunteers because of his laid back, chill attitude. When we adopted him, we gave him the name Blue, thinking it was a very dog-like name, and he is the very epitome of “dogness.” But then, he grew comfortable in our home, and started to behave in a silly and ridiculous manner—with zoomies, playing with toys, and just absurd mannerisms, and the name Blue slowly evolved into Blueberry to match his personality.
While there is no one right answer to whether you should change your Pyr’s name, here are some factors to consider when making this decision.
Pros of Changing Your Dog’s Name
Personal preference: If you’ve always wanted a dog with a certain name or have a name that you’ve always loved, changing your dog’s name can be a great way to make your new pet feel like they truly belong to you.
Behavioral issues: If your new dog has a history of abuse or neglect, they may have negative associations with their old name. Changing their name can help them associate positive experiences with their new name and help them feel more comfortable in their new home.
Similarity to other pets: If you already have pets with similar names, changing your new dog’s name can help avoid confusion and make it easier to communicate with your animals.
Cons of Changing Your Dog’s Name
Confusion: Changing your dog’s name can be confusing for both you and your Pyr. It may take some time for your dog to learn their new name and respond to it consistently.
Bonding: Dogs often bond with their owners through their names, so changing your dog’s name could make it harder for them to bond with you.
Age: If your new dog is older and has had their name for a long time, changing it could be more difficult for them to adjust to.
Tips for Changing Your Dog’s Name
If you do decide to change your dog’s name, here are some tips to help make the transition easier:
- Choose a new name that is similar in sound or structure to the old name. For example, if your dog’s old name was “Marley,” you might choose “Harley” or “Charlie” as the new name.
- Use positive reinforcement. When your dog responds to their new name, reward them with treats or praise to help them associate their new name with positive experiences.
- Be patient. It may take some time for your dog to adjust to their new name, so be patient and consistent in using their new name.
In conclusion, changing your dog’s name after adoption is a personal decision that should be based on what’s best for you and your new pet. While there are pros and cons to changing your dog’s name, there are ways to make the transition easier for both you and your pet. Ultimately, what’s most important is that you and your dog develop a strong bond and enjoy many happy years together.