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Does anyone here use a sheepdog whistle?

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by havoc, Mar 2, 2017.


  1. havoc

    havoc PetForums VIP

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    I can't whistle - well I can do the fingers in the mouth thing but when we're out for a walk that isn't so wonderful when I've picked up a muddy ball. My dog reacts wonderfully to a whistle but fiddling for one on a chain round my neck isn't great. Does anyone know how hard it is to learn to use a sheepdog type of whistle?
     
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    Yes I do, I spent three months practising as I drove up and down the country. When I could play Happy Birthday to you on it, I composed my go left, go right, stop and recall tunes. I love it.
     
  3. havoc

    havoc PetForums VIP

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    How difficult was it? My initial thought is that I don't need to be just quite as proficient as you but I bet I'll want to be in time :)
     
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    Well it took loads of time before I got any sound at all out of it.

    You could attach a whistle to a retractable key ring like several people I know attached to their shoulder.
     
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    That's what I thought but it would be SO useful if I could learn.
    Yeah I know. I have an ordinary whistle on a lanyard and it's good enough - but good enough isn't good enough when there's a chance to do better :)
     
  6. Jenny Olley

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    Very difficult, I can't do it, quickest person I knew to become proficient at it had been a flute player, she said it helped. Lots of people I know have become very successful, but I'm a giver upper. Good luck with it.
     
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    Oooooh - I played the flute for a short while at school. We all got to try instruments and I could get a noise out of it so had to take it up. If it is a similar technique at least I know where to start. Ok, so it was nearly 50 years ago but I'm an optimist :)
     
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    I've had one for years and tried many times to be able to use it but have never mastered it. I can get a bit of sound from it now and then but not reliably.
     
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