ARTICLES & ADVICE
FAMILY HISTORY & GENEALOGY
Dog Whistle Training
Whistle training is really easy and doesn't
take too much time. In it's
simplest form, all you do is blow your whistle right before giving the
verbal command that your dog all ready understands. I like the two-tone
whistles for training because the end with the ball inside is louder
and the sound will carry over longer distances. The opposite end
(without the ball) is great for close work and so loud that your dog
will be blasted with sound and doesn't annoy other people in the
general vicinity. The following tips should help you get your dog
working quickly to the whistle. I would practice these commands alone
so you get the hang of them before using them with your dog.
COME. Bring the tip of your
tongue to the roof of
just behind your front teeth, then blow into the whistle. Your tongue
will flutter. (I think it sounds like quail flushing.) Now
flutter your tongue as you blow into the whistle. It should make a
trilling sound. A long trilling
sound is best for your COME command.
SIT. There is no whistle sound for HEEL, the dog should
be close enough to hear our voice for the HEEL command. After HEEL,
blow one sharp authoritative blast immediately before telling
your dog to SIT. If the dog doesn't sit immediately, assist
him into the position, but do not blow the whistle again. Initially all
the SIT work will be up close.
By the time the dogs are ready to be away from us, the SIT command will
well established. One sharp authoritative blast will be the SIT
RELEASE. This is the verbal command to allow the dog to
STAY command. Later this command will precede the FETCH command and may
even take place of FETCH meaning it is okay to go after the dummy or
bird. It is useful in the field when the dog should be quartering and
they are lazy or hanging around their dog friends. Start with the SIT
whistle, then give a new direction with your arm as you blow your
whistle for GO. Begin by blowing two rapid notes into the
whistle, tweet-tweet, immediately before saying GO at the
target (food and treats work well for this exercise.) Two rapid
notes, tweet-tweet will be the release signal.
Once your dog is reliably responding to the whistle, vary your
commands. Sometimes just use the whistle, sometimes just voice,
sometimes just hand signals. Keep practicing the various "languages"
you have taught your dog so he will respond reliably to all of them.
Don't stop training with the whistle
once your dog has the concept. Like people, they can forget quickly.
Keep using the
whistle, your voice and hand signals so your dog has a great working
knowledge of all commands in all languages.
When your dog is handling well with the whistle, don't get a big head
over it. Only use your whistle when you need to, otherwise you may
start to nag your dog and annoy everyone around you. (Over use of the
whistle also brands you as an amateur.) Learn to use your whistle only
If you ever get lost in the woods, use your whistle to help people
locate you. The whistle will be more effective than the three shot SOS
from your shotgun. Morse Code for SOS is: short-short-short,
long-long-long, short-short-short. SOS on the whistle indefinitely. If
it really gets bad, put the whistle in your mouth and your breath will
make enough noise that a trained Search and Rescue dog may locate you.
you wish to contact us
558-1369 · E-Mail