Sounds like all my nick names for my dogs. I call them pinhead, boogaloo, dork, bunny, dingdong, diddles and a host of things that I can't print here when I'm mad at them. In the last year, I have resorted to extreme potty mouth to relieve killing fury when it comes to things like problem barking and whining. They bark at me, I bark at them, basically. Hope the neighbors can't hear what I'm yelling when it gets heated.
Speaking of names, what do you think of changing a one-year-old's name? We're about to get a one-year-old dog who, of course, already has a name and are wondering whether it's all right to try[?] to change it.
And if you do think it's okay to change it, should we start calling the dog by the new name right away?
Yeah, it's fine to change their name. Most dogs respond just to sounds anyway. That is why you aren't supposed to give them names that sound like sit, stay etc. Only problem would be if it is a trained hunting dog. We use their name as a command. Read a funny story about a guy that grabbed the wrong black dog from his kennel when he went to sell it. The customer called and said that his wife was in love w/ the dog, but the dog would not respond to the commands involving his name. Realising that he had accidently sold them a field champion as a started dog the former owner sheepishly told the man that the dog responded to a nickname and lo and behold the dog worked perfectly w/ the other name. The man was too embarrassed to admit he had sold the wrong dog.
Sometimes I wonder if an animal (dog or cat) is actually responding to its name, or just the tone of voice in which you speak. You could be speaking complete gibberish (or a foreign language), and I think a pet knows if you're happy or angry.
Thanks, everyone! Now, let's delve a little deeper:
This dog is still being shown (the breeder is intent on getting him his 15 points for his AKC championship level--I'm probably not referring to that correctly as I know nothing about showing dogs). Although we're getting the dog soon, the breeder will still be "borrowing" him, from time to time, until he gets those 15 points (he has 10 from what I understand). Maybe we should wait until he's completely done with showing to rename him? (She thinks he'll have the points by mid-summer.)
***Edited By: gbroxon on 12/10/2004 12:20:57 PM*** Reason: Addition to make thought more clear.
Could be catlover. I have a friend that has four Maltese. Her dog had puppies and she couldn't part with any of them. When I talk to her on the phone every single one of those dogs start barking when she is ready to hang up. We have yet to figure that out. Unless, they are trying to say, "it's about time."
Braindead. No, but it rhymes w/ S*it head, which is what I scream at the problem barker to relieve anziety. She just cocks her head and barks at me more. I was telling someone that I eventually get tired of name calling and smack the dog on occasion. She said the dog just wants to tell me something... Now, at the pet store, they have a doggie translater that the dog barks into and apparently it translates the bark to human speech. I asked the girl at the store if the thing was likely to translate her barking into: "I'm senselessly barking as loud as I can because mommie's face is getting so purple and I want to see if I bark just a few more times if mommie will reeeealllly wop me on the head like she is now saying she's gonna do. What I really mean to say w/ all this barking is pleeeese bonk me on the head"...?