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Help me name my (possible) new dog!

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OwedToAutumn Wed 10-Oct-12 21:05:53

That's it, really.

It's a 4 yo chocolate coloured labradoodle bitch. We dont like it's current name.

I want a two syllable name, that doesn't sound bizarre when being bellowed in the woods.

(Yes, I know it should be in The Doghouse, but I thought it would be fun to name dogs instead of babies for a change.)

JemimaPuddle Thu 11-Oct-12 17:21:40

Wispa, Dyson, Tonka - they're the choccie labs I know

Kelerina Thu 11-Oct-12 18:23:17

Really unfair to change a 4 year old dogs name.....

amck5700 Thu 11-Oct-12 18:40:25


OrangeFireandGoldashes Thu 11-Oct-12 19:33:06

If she recognises and answers to her name, it's a bit unfair to change it just because you don't like it. If you insist on changing it, at least make the new name something with the same vowel sounds and cadences as her existing name, so Lady could become Sadie or similar. Use the old name with the new name when calling her and gradually phase out the old name.

We took on a 10yo rescue dog and I wasn't particularly enamoured of his name, but two years on it's just "him" now and I forget how much I disliked it originally.

Ilovecake1 Thu 11-Oct-12 19:35:14


birdofthenorth Thu 11-Oct-12 23:29:51

My dogs have just turned 5 and would be very confused to have their names changed. It took them long enough to learn them in the first place! You're getting an animal, not an accessory.

Agree if you must change it you should do so gradually, eg "Lexi Buttons!" for a few months before becoming just Buttons (were her original name Lexi).

Some less well-used chocolate themed ideas if you must:


birdofthenorth Thu 11-Oct-12 23:31:37

Or Mocha

MrsJohnDeere Fri 12-Oct-12 06:45:40

Surely you can't change the name of a 4yo dog. Would be very confusing for the dog. Can you change it slightly so that it sounds almost the same when yelled across a field?

Very jealous of your labradoodle. My next dog will be one. I walk regularly with 4 of them and they're all adorable!

HarlettOScara Fri 12-Oct-12 07:05:44

Of course you can change its name. All those strays/dumped dogs that then up in rescue with no name seem to cope. And for some digs that may have been mistreated it is usually preferable to change their name as they may have negative associations with it.

Besides, my dogs (one of which is a rescue whose name we changed) answer to a whole host of nicknames.

It may be easier to pick something similar sounding but equally, you can just tag the new name onto the old one initially and gradually phase out using the old one.

DebK2012 Tue 16-Oct-12 18:12:11

Lola, Lexi, Beth, Mags

Leonas Fri 02-Nov-12 19:55:15

I love human names for pets but it maybe works better for males? I agree that Dave is an awesome dog name, although I also like Steve and Andy.
Maggie is good for a female I think too

SrirachaGhoul Fri 02-Nov-12 20:28:30

I think it's nice to give a rescue dog a new name; sort of represents a new start. It's just a word to them.

I like:


Alisvolatpropiis Mon 05-Nov-12 21:45:20

Nymeria, Nym for short.

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 05-Nov-12 21:46:40

Wanted to call my jack russell puppy Nymeria but it didn't sit well on a puppy the size of a guinea pig.

SingingSands Mon 05-Nov-12 21:50:45

I think you should go 80s retro..


shopalot Mon 05-Nov-12 21:54:01

We had choc lab bitch called Rolo. She was wonderful and died of old age last year sad

mummabug Mon 05-Nov-12 22:10:55

Nothing better than a dog called Sophie. Don't know why...just best name for a dog ever

mummabug Mon 05-Nov-12 22:11:36

..or if it's a boy....Barkus.

Ohsiena Tue 06-Nov-12 09:37:11


newby2 Tue 06-Nov-12 18:09:32

Douggie. Love that.

DottieRose Tue 06-Nov-12 18:35:16

How about Mabel...that's my dogs name!

PrincessSymbian Tue 06-Nov-12 18:42:25


PrincessSymbian Tue 06-Nov-12 18:45:02

And my mums dog was seven or so when she got her, got renamed, no problems, she knew her new name pretty much straight away.

SoYo Tue 06-Nov-12 20:18:49

We have a doodle called Betty and it really suits her! Can't imagine anything else now! Friends have choc labs called bisto (f) and oxo (m) which are great too! So many option......

blondefriend Fri 09-Nov-12 23:01:25

A dog name should be 2 syllables and preferably ending with an "ah" sound. Apparently it is better for training/recall. My last dog was called Amber and I renamed her from Lily (not that I didn't like the name it was just I thought new home, new name). Bella is good but quite common in the dog world.

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