We changed Dudleys name from Freddie when we got himand he answers to it fine.He was also a year old.Originally Posted By: DaisysMomI think they'll pick up on a name change pretty quickly, especially if you use treats and give them one if they respond to the new name.
Firstly - definitely go ahead and change the name... Moose used to be Joey (with a short period of Rocket Rex in the middle) and he figured out his new name in a day or so (he was 1 1/2 when we adopted him, and NOT the sharpest knife in the drawer, but we love him dearly...). Popcorn was who knows what (she was a stray), then Lucy for about a month, before she came to us. She was younger than Moose (about 7 months) but she also learned her name quickly - not quite as quickly as Moose even though she is definitely brighter than he is, but because I think she was too traumatized when we first got her to pay attention to pretty much anything. But even so within a week she was reliably responding to her new name.Originally Posted By: cobismomCasie's owner called him VAN for 13 months. I didn't like that name so we are changing it, obviously to Casie. What we were advised was to say Van/Casie, Van/Casie....and then after about two weeks, just Casie It's not the name that they understand it's the tone of our voices. Rather sad that, but I tend to believe they know what their names are and after a year, go for it.