Toby (and another beagle I had a year ago named Ringo) didnt care what i called them. they got excited and nearly tripped over each other to get to me or anyone in my family. honestly, i think naming animals is more for humans than the animal. they can care less and we think so hard about it. i bet they would laugh at us if they knew how hard we think of names for them, when to them, other dogs are named, that one, the other one, and the big one. haha.