We are looking to get a four month old AKC black lab. She is already named and we really don't like the name. Do you think changing the name is an okay thing to do or would it really confuse the dog? Seems like she is young enough to be able to do this. Any thoughts? Thanks!
Not a problem. Just think about all the dogs (even adult dogs) that have been rescued. Few came into rescue already named. In Murray's case, he was a stray but I'm sure he had a name before that. Then rescue took him from County and gave him the name Murray. I was going to change it but Murray fit him so well that we decided to keep it. He was 2 at the time. If a 2 yr old can learn a new name, a 4 mth old will not have an issue. ;D
change the name...that way you can bond with the dog. Dogs don't recognize the name itself but they are conditioned when we associate the name to something good. People usually praise a dog when they call it, then pet it, feed it, walk it, so on...they understand name=something good!!
Okay, any ideas for names, now? She is a black female AKC lab. 4 months old. Man, names are really hard!!
Thanks for the advice. I like the advice about the bonding. That is so true. We get her on Saturday so we are pretty excited. We had to put our chocolate lab down in October. She was 9 1/2 and had liver cancer so this is really a big step for us. Kids are really excited! (me too!)