Can I rename my rescue pet?

When adopting an adult animal many people worry that changing their pet’s name may be confusing or make it difficult for their pet to adapt.

Don’t worry!  Picking a name is a fun and important part of bonding with your new pet. Keep in mind that the current name may be fairly recent and, even if it’s not, that name may be associated with inconsistent training or expectations.  A new name is a clean slate for you and your pet. Once you decide on a name, your pet will quickly learn that word means treats, attention, and love.

Here are a few tips:

Take your time.  After bringing your new pet home it may take several weeks of adjustment before your pet’s personality shines.  Take that time to get to know your pet and don’t feel that you have to pick a name immediately.  Waiting several weeks to find the right name is just fine.

Easy to pronounce.  A long name may be more difficult for your pet to pick out of what you are saying.  Names ending in an E sound (like Cookie, Maggie, Rocky, etc) are very popular because they are easy to say and easy for dogs to recognize.  Imagine yourself yelling the new name at a dog park to make sure it’s understandable (and something you’re willing to yell in public).  Also keep in mind that a long name will inevitably get shortened to a nickname, so make sure you’re okay with a shortened version.

Not too similar to commands.  Try to avoid any names that are similar to command words you will be using to avoid confusion.  For example, the name ‘Beau’ sounds very similar to ‘No’ and could send mixed signals to your pet.

Abbey, formerly known as Zurrey

Abbey, formerly known as Zurrey

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