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Thread: Bit of an odd question

  1. #1
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    Nov 2014

    Bit of an odd question

    Bruceís training is going well And we are starting to use non verbal commands.
    The one problem is, and itís not the dogs fault, is the whistle commands.

    I am frankly shite at whistling.

    Iíve tried practicing, but the result is inconsistent.
    I donít want to hold him back with my poor commands.

    Any good options you can suggest would be awesome.

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    Apr 2015
    years ago I had very quiet whistle (no not falling into trap of saying small whistle!!!) I thought dog would struggle to hear it but neighbour was 6-700 yards away while mustering and could hear me easily.... you dont need the bent tongue ear splitting whistle for dogs to hear you...unless they bolting after something,save the ear splitter for emergencies and perservere with your quiet whistle...or go and buy whistle from shop and workout how to use it quietly. you only want volume less than fantail....
    I use whit whit for sit...
    we hor we hor we for return....
    the options are endless but those two commands are really all you need ,dog SHOULD be within 30 yards at all times so dont need large volume.
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    Apr 2017
    Shepherds whistles work great once you get the hang of it, but bloody loud (good for long distance).
    Close up you could try hissing, my dog now plants her butt whenever I do a light "sss" (or hold up my hand, palm out)
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    North Canterbury
    Hand signals. They still work in a strong wind when the dog will struggle with a whistle. I use hand straight up for stop and hand / arm horizontal at left dropping to side for 'come in'. Arm out in front dropping for Platz
    'Bother' said Pooh, as he chambered another round ... Wong Far King Way

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    Rattle a box of dog food real quiet, you'll be disgusted just how well that dog's been able to hear you all this time.
    tetawa, rugerman, kidmac42 and 8 others like this.
    Sharp tool, less effort.

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    Nelson, New Zealand
    I use these, I can't operate a shepards whistle or whistle "hands free" for shit.
    Bonus is anyone can use one.
    GunDog Accessories Ltd
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cordite View Post
    Rattle a box of dog food real quiet, you'll be disgusted just how well that dog's been able to hear you all this time.
    Touch a knife to a steel and mine was right there!
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    the less I've got to say



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