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    Senior Member dgsmom's Avatar
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    i have a shitzu/chihuahua/poodle mix she will be 1 yr old in feb. when i first got her my other dog would push her away so we started calling her Go Away and she answers to it. but now everyone that meets her says i need to change her name what do you think?

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    She's too cute to have a name like that. What do you say to her when you want her to go away? :)

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    Leave her name alone :lol: She knows it. One of my DD started fostering a rescue dog 3 years ago. At the time the dog was the 8th one pulled out of the mess. The dogs were called by their numbers. My DD still has the dog and her name is "Number 8."

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    she is so spoiled normally i will just tell her no or stop

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    I think she needs another name, but I'm not good at picking our names for furbabies. 8-) I have two kitties -- one named Gracie because she is gray in color and one named Bitsy (see my avatar) because she was the runt of the litter, and I referred to her as Itsy Bitsy. She was so little at 9 weeks old that she could fit in the palm of my hand! She's still a little bitty kitty -- only about 5 1/2 to 6 pounds and is now 7 months old. I'm not sure she will get much bigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.E.H.
    Leave her name alone :lol: She knows it. One of my DD started fostering a rescue dog 3 years ago. At the time the dog was the 8th one pulled out of the mess. The dogs were called by their numbers. My DD still has the dog and her name is "Number 8."
    thats my problem they tell me they are going to shelter and i have to take them. i have no kids so these are my kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgsmom
    i have a shitzu/chihuahua/poodle mix she will be 1 yr old in feb. when i first got her my other dog would push her away so we started calling her Go Away and she answers to it. but now everyone that meets her says i need to change her name what do you think?
    Change her name to something cute, that is way too negative. Dogs can pick up on negativity. Better to call her Adorable.

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    You can choose something with the same beginning or the same ending and they will get it. I would change the name, not only for her sake but for yours. It can't feel good telling someone you love "go away" all the time!

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    Perhaps you could adapt something so she would still recognise herself, but it didn't sound so off putting to yourselves. What about Go-anna? After a little while, it could evolve to Joanna

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    i have a friend that says i need to call her .com
    thanks for all the input will keep watching and making list of new names.

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    Dogs handle name changes very well. It's recommended to give a new name with every change of ownership. Behaviorists often say to give them a positive name which doesn't sound like "no" (or whatever word you use in place of no).

    For instance Cujo has the no oh and is negative in sentiment even when joking.

    Doesn't she also have other nicknames? Most animals go by a few names. Try one of those instead.

    Her pic reminds me of Pebbles. If you really don't want to change, maybe just alter it to Goa or Way-way (Wei Wei).

    Edit: You can make a name change immediately. There is no adjustment period in animals. Associate it with a treat and done.

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    Could you change it to something that sounds similar? Maybe like Goy-Yay? She is adorable!

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    I have a Rottie mix I adopted a few years ago. His name was Thom when I got him. I have a son named Tom so knew that wasn't going to work. My grandkids helped me choose his new name-Gus. He ends up with three names; Gus or Augustus or Gustav. My one grandson calls him GusGus because in our indecision I suggested we name him Gustav Augustus. He learned Gus the first day we started using it. He comes to Gustav too; knows he is in trouble. My other dog, Heidi a great dane also learned her new name fast. Her first name was Miranda and I couldn't keep that. She loves her new name. I think they associate the new name with all the love you give them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    Could you change it to something that sounds similar? Maybe like Goy-Yay? She is adorable!
    thank you, my husband says she is a mommy's girl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pookie ookie
    Dogs handle name changes very well. It's recommended to give a new name with every change of ownership. Behaviorists often say to give them a positive name which doesn't sound like "no" (or whatever word you use in place of no).

    For instance Cujo has the no oh and is negative in sentiment even when joking.

    Doesn't she also have other nicknames? Most animals go by a few names. Try one of those instead.

    Her pic reminds me of Pebbles. If you really don't want to change, maybe just alter it to Goa or Way-way (Wei Wei).

    Edit: You can make a name change immediately. There is no adjustment period in animals. Associate it with a treat and done.
    thank you for the info. i do call her miss go away but seems she responds better to go away

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    Oh yes you have got to change her name she is too cute to be called that but I am one to talk I used to have a cat named duffas. When my 2 oldest were little I called our cat duffas and that was what they called her from that point on. Mind you the cat wouldn't answer to anything else so I couldn't change her name.

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    I hope you come up with a cute name

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    Maybe change her name to something subtle....like Go Go or Jo Jo, then start dropping off the "away" part. Good luck, she sure is a cutie.

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    Then just call her mommy's girl. My dogs all have names, then they also have nick names, and they know them all. It's the tone in your voice that let's them know if they are in trouble or you want to snuggle.

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    could change it to Galloway....just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    Could you change it to something that sounds similar? Maybe like Goy-Yay? She is adorable!
    I would change her name........I vote for..................... Goy-Yay..............sounds adorable for such a sweet little pup. Close to the sound of what you call her now..... but is more fitting than using a name that makes her sound like a little pest.
    Such a cutie!!!

    Blessings..........Anna Adelia

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    She is so cute!

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    I like the name....it's Original

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    We had a rabbit named wedo because we don't know was what we said when anyone asked. It is your puppy and if she answers than that is just fine your friends can mind their own business. :)

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    thanks everyone for the input. will have to think on it more, just wanted to get thoughts from everyone.

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