So i am adopting a dog and the dogs name is Bama, i dont like this name and want to change it, is that a bad thing to do, to confuse the dog, or will a ten month old female dog quickly adapt to the new name?
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So i am adopting a dog and the dogs name is Bama, i dont like this name and want to ... to do, to confuse the dog, or will a ten month old female dog quickly adapt to the new name?

My rescue dog came to me at 7 months old with the name of "Jade" - not the best name for a male dog, IMO. I tried to come up with rhyming names, but only "Blade" came to mind (which I didn't like for this dog - no offense to Gwen).

So, I went for a completely different name: "Friday." After a couple of weeks, I tried his old name and he didn't even glance at me.
Some dogs may have negative associations with their old name if their previous life was harsh, so changing the name is often a good thing.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
So i am adopting a dog and the dogs name is Bama, i dont like this name and want to ... to do, to confuse the dog, or will a ten month old female dog quickly adapt to the new name?>>

I changed my dog's name from Diddy to Dibby and it didn't cause problems as they are so similar.
If you want to chose a name that is different you could just add it to Bama e.g BamaLucky and then drop Bama after a few days. Alison
So i am adopting a dog and the dogs name is Bama, i dont like this name and want to ... to do, to confuse the dog, or will a ten month old female dog quickly adapt to the new name?

It's okay to change her name. Think of all the dogs in shelters and rescues, whose original names are unknown. Those dogs have no trouble adapting to a new name.
I got Harriet when she was 7mo. Her former name was Abbie. Abbie is a fine name, but it did not fit her. She quickly learned her new name, even though it was similar to my other dog's name (Elliott). She also has quickly picked up on the various nicknames I call her by (Little Missy, Squirrel, Biscuit, etc.).

Dogs are smart, and I'm sure your dog will adapt just as easily to whatever you choose to call her.

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I changed my dog's name from Diddy to Dibby and it didn't cause problems as they are so similar. If ... that is different you could just add it to Bama e.g BamaLucky and then drop Bama after a few days.

I would pay money to see (hear?) someone yelling "Come BamaLucky!" across a park. That would totally make my day.
Seriously, though, I can't see any advantage to prolonging any potential confusion by creating an interim Frank-n-Name.

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Thanks guys, i'll let you know how it goes
Seriously, though, I can't see any advantage to prolonging any potential confusion by creating an interim Frank-n-Name.

Me neither. Pretend the dog was found and has no known name. I've yet to have a dog (or cat) not learn their new name within a day - food is very powerful that way.
I've had a few no names and most recently, Rudy had been "Simba" Emotion: ick! for 5 months. He learned Rudy in a snap.

I just called him as he was looking out the front door. "Simba" got a turn and come to me. He went back to the door. "Fido" got the same response. Let's face it, some dogs think you're always talking to THEM! ;-D

Janet Boss
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I've had a few no names and most recently, Rudy had been "Simba"

Emotion: ick! for 5 months. He learned Rudy in a snap.

Simba is a very nice name ... for a lion. I can't say that Rudy is much better, makes me think of Christmas and red nosed reindeer.
Simba is a very nice name ... for a lion. I can't say that Rudy is much better, makes me think of Christmas and red nosed reindeer.

He wouldn't have been Rudy if I had intended on keeping him ;-D He WAS named Rudy because he arrived just before Christmas, so my name connection works apparently!

Janet Boss
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