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Old 12-16-2013, 09:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The name I picked out for my puppy no one else likes. Example, if I named my dog Honey Bunches and I call the dog by that name, do you think the dog would be confused if someone else is calling the dog just Honey or just Bunches or just Bunch? Or, if I name my dog Love Bug, and I call it by that name, do you think it would confuse the dog if everyone else is calling it just Bug, Bugs or Buggle when I am calling it Love Bug?
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Well my friend has dog it gets called sparky and bubbles he responds

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Old 12-16-2013, 09:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I call both of my dogs names that don't even sound similar to their real names and they know them all and they know who I am talking to when I say them.

For example:

Sinister ~ Little Sister, Handsome, Sin, Sinner, Sinny, Dodo, Dodo Brains, Drama Queen, My Prince and Big Boy.

Draco~ Little Dude, Lil Pup, Draco Malfoy, Mr. Malfoy, Drake or Little Prince.
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I think most dogs understand nicknames. Jasmine is called by her full name, Jazz, Jazzy, Jazzy girl, Jazzy Poo, etc. and responds to all. Delgado is called by his full name 95% of the time, though I do call him Puppy sometimes. I stick with one name for the first few weeks then I don't care so much if people swap it up, the foundation is there so as long as they're not calling them derogatory names people can call my dog Peanut Butter, chances are the dog won't respond anyways so no harm done

In the end, it's your dog and you pick the name
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Dexter is dexy, dex, sexy dexy, sexy dexy boo boo bear, boo boo bear, or "gorgeous boy"

Shiloh is shigs, shiggies, shigifer, shigatitus, hepatitus shigs, shigger, or shiggy shiggy roo roo, or just plain old roo roos

Tyson so far is ty ty, hammer von hammerstein, tiggity tiggity tyson, or just tiggity.

As a group they are the "wuppitor puppitor pup wup wups" or the "muppies"

I can sincerly thank my amazing fiance for all the name creations, except sexy dexy i started calling him that when he first came home, but all the other names stems from andrew and his creative side.
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Keep it short and simple and there shouldn't be a problem. I would avoid names like Dexter or any other names of evil TV/Movie Characters. German Shepherds get a bad rap as it is so I named mine Jake instead of Killer or Dexter or something along the same lines.
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Keep it short and simple and there shouldn't be a problem. I would avoid names like Dexter or any other names of evil TV/Movie Characters. German Shepherds get a bad rap as it is so I named mine Jake instead of Killer or Dexter or something along the same lines.


Oh geez. My dog's name is Sinister and everyone giggles at his name and tells me he's the exact opposite when they meet him. He's as sweet as a kitten.
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Keep it short and simple and there shouldn't be a problem. I would avoid names like Dexter or any other names of evil TV/Movie Characters. German Shepherds get a bad rap as it is so I named mine Jake instead of Killer or Dexter or something along the same lines.
i absolutely love the name dexter i think its an adorable cute name, we have about 15 Border collies in brooklin all named dexter so...i lose points for being creative with my boys name. I dont like Tyson, he came with the name and i dont like the idea of changing names on them.
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Old 12-16-2013, 01:49 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I had a female about 3 Shepherds ago and she answered to so many names..... I think tone of voice had more do to with it than the actual name.

The last Shepherd also answered to a couple. We try to pick names of 1 to 2 syllables and we like names that end in a vowel. Sometimes that ends up being the nick name.
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Old 12-16-2013, 06:18 PM   #10 (permalink)
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There was this study done on a smart border collie who knew something like 1,000 words.. and they found that the dog was capable of responding to nicknames/shortened versions of their name. Yes, that was a very smart dog, but most GSD's are highly intelligent so it would probably have some relevance. So yeah, I think they would understand.
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