My wife and I have a Lab mix dog we got from a shelter when he was about 4 months old. He's 3 1/2 now. He was picked up as a stray so we don't know what the mix is. He's a great dog. His name is Eddie. That's what the he was named at the shelter and we didn't change it.
We're now looking to get him a buddy from another shelter. This dog we're looking at seems to have the same energy-level and temperment as he does. He's 3 yrs old and his name is Teddy. He's been named Teddy since birth.
Should we try to change Teddys name, since he will be the new introduction to the house, or just leave it. I'm thinking that when I want just one of them to listen to a command, and not the other, they wiil get confused because of the similar names.
I see no problem with changing his name. Becoming a member of your family is going to be a big change for him so changing his name will just be another minor adjustment. Do you know what kind of environment he came from? If he was abused or neglected, hearing his name may be upsetting to him anyway.
I personally think most dogs respond more to how you call them than what you call them. The way you call Teddy might be very different than how the shelter workers or his former owner did. My maltese is named Bailey, but he will come to "Boogey" (my kitten), "Bitty" (another cat), "baby" or anything else if he thinks he can get food or attention out of it.
When I was younger a family friend gave my family her 18 month old Mastiff. She came with the name "Joy". I HATED this name. Its nice and cute for a cute little fluffy dog...NOT a 200lb ball of muscle. I tried changing her name, but just couldn't do it. It was such a huge change...she went from a single elderly owner, to a family of five. Her entire environment changed, and life as she knew it was no more. I didn't have the heart to change her name as well. So, Joy she was for the next 13 years.
But, Joy was coming from a happy situation and going to a happy situation. That may not be the case for Teddy. I read somewhere a couple years ago that it is encouraged that your dog go by a few different names. Why? I have no idea. My dogs both have nicknames, so maybe that is what they meant. Maybe give him a nickname, or if you do change his name, make it somewhat similar. Another family friend gave my family a Yorkie who was named Toby. But, we already had a cat name Toby. So, we renamed the Yorkie Todo. However, a name similar to Teddy is escaping me right now. Good luck!
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for years we had a rescued cat named Buddha and a rescued dog named Buddha. We solved the confusion by adding "cat" to the feline Buddha and dog to the canine Buddha. the dog Buddha has since passed away, but we still have Buddha cat. Maybe adding "dog" to Teddy or something like Teddy "Bear" would be enough of a change.
I think it would be no problem changing Teddy's name. He has been through so many other changes, I'm sure he'll cooperate. He's going to go through a different family, different house, different personalities, so I don't think it would matter. Good luck and God Bless,
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Thanks for the replies. I think we're going to change his name from Teddy to Toby. Thanks Heather. I don't know if you meant to or not, but mentioning your Yorkies name actually made us think that it's really not a big change to go from Teddy to Toby, and it's still a different sounding name from Eddie.
Yes, he will be going to a different environment, but from what I understand, he was in a happy home before. Unfortunately, Teddy is a foreclosure dog. Someone lost a job, and the bank owns the house now. They had to give him up.