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    Hey,

    Is is possible to rename & retrain a 9 month old pup? As in get it to learn its new name i.e. Max Sit, Max Drop, etc?

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    The year before last we got a 9year old Rescue newf called Balkan...We renamed him Tobias. He had not sit, drop or re-call......he did all of those within days. He loved his name. With dogs it is all association. Our dogs have lots of names, example. Katy, Katy-bear, pudding, puppy and so on. she listens to all those names.
    You make it worthwhile to the dog and they will listen. Be it food reward, play or love
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    Banjo was 8 months when we got her. She had already been renamed once and we renamed her again. I don't think it's an issue at all as long as you are consistent.

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    Say their new name in an exciting voice. When they look at you, reward. If you are consistent with this and don't use their old name, it will make it very easy.

    Then you can start using commands like sit, drop, come, etc. I try to keep away from using their name before each command. This is mainly because they will get used to it being part of the command, so the one time you don't use their name or a stranger asks them to sit without using their name, they will not understand and won't obey. Just something to think about...
    Last edited by The Pawfectionist; 02-01-2012 at 12:17 PM.

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    I don't think it would be a problem. I am pretty sure Bella doesn't know her name... she just completely ignores me when I say it! lol

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Agree with above, it shouldn't be a problem. I have never changed any of my dogs names, but I do give them silly nicknames which they all respond to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Pawfectionist View Post
    Say their new name in an exciting voice. When they look at you, reward. If you are consistent with this and don't use their old name, it will make it very easy.

    Then you can start using commands like sit, drop, come, etc. I try to keep away from using their name before each command. This is mainly because they will get used to it being part of the command, so the one time you don't use their name or a stranger asks them to sit without using their name, they will not understand and won't obey. Just something to think about...

    Agree with keeping away from using their name every time before a command (though dont agree about the stranger bit...)

    My dogs come to about 6 or 7 names each so I really see no issue.

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