As I mentioned in my post last night, we adopted a new rescue pup and we want to change his name to make a clean break from his past into his life with us. By changing the dogs name, you are helping him leave his bad memories behind and are now associating his new name with his new loving home.
The suggestion is to always use the old and the new names together. So you would say his old name in a soft monotone voice followed by his new name in a bit louder and more excited voice. After a few weeks you would continue on with just the new name which he should now recognize as his own. So far the change does not seem to confuse him, but only time will tell if this tactic will be successful with our particular pup.
We added another rescue pup to our family today. We have been looking for a compatible breed for over a month now and finally found what we believe will be a good match for Zeus. Zeus is our 4.5 year old Pug/Dachshund who seems to get along well with other Pugs, Puggles and Dachshunds when we go to the dog park or for walks around the neighborhood.
The pup we found is a 2 year old puggle, but we believe he actually has some Chihuahua in him as well and could even be a Chug (Chihuahua/Pug). Event though he looks like a puggle puppy, he is just too skinny to be an adult puggle.
At any rate, the two boys have been getting along pretty well so far meaning Zeus is putting up with the new rookie. I think if they were going to kill each other they would have done it in the first couple of hours. The next few days will determine how much hand (paw) holding we need to do with this new guy in order to get him acclimated to our schedule and Zeus’s schedule. According to the foster parents, he did not get to go on long walks with them and Zeus likes his 2 miler every day so we will see how that goes.
The god of thunder must have a sidekick, so we named this one Apollo. He came to us with a different name but all the research I did suggested that it is OK to change the dogs name and can even be beneficial if he comes from a puppy mill or other bad background.
5 miles tonight. Felt a bit sluggish as I have not been sleeping well. We are looking at adopting another rescue pup and I have been spending many late nights researching a compatible breed for Zeus. I think we have settled on a Puggle as he gets along great with Pugs at the park.