Dog whistle buyer’s guide by steve snell. electricity and circuits test


• Mega Horns — Several of the Roy Gonia whistles come in a "Mega" version. These whistles have a small megaphone built around them to increase the volume and distance that your dog can hear them. What the mega does is push the sound away from the handler and out toward the dog. These are very loud whistles but they are easier on your ears because of the design.

• Protect your hearing: All of the whistles that we sell are loud and any long term exposure to loud sounds can damage your hearing. That said, most folks don’t use a whistle enough to do any major damage. We do recommend that you be careful how you use your dog training whistles.

• There is no whistle that will prevent or stop a dog from barking. A whistle may distract the dog from barking for a short period of time but the result in most cases will be temporary. "Annoying" a dog with a whistle is more likely to give a dog something to bark about than to make him stop. An electronic stimulation bark collar is the only effective method for controlling unwanted barking in our opinion.

• We also get requests from folks trying to work with deaf dogs and older dogs that have some hearing loss. Finding the right whistle depends on the extent of the hearing loss and what range of the dog’s hearing is gone (high, low, or midrange). For deaf dogs we recommend a vibration collar for getting their attention and teaching commands with hand signals.

Silent Whistles "Silent" Whistles work just like any other whistles — you blow through them and they make a noise. It is called a "silent whistle" because it operates on a frequency above that of the average person’s hearing. You will hear something, but not much. A few people can hear the actual tone, but most folks just hear the sound of the air going through the whistle.

The idea behind this type of whistle is that it will not disturb anyone standing right there with you. Dog’s hearing goes further into the ultrasonic range than people’s so they can hear these whistles. In other words, it is very LOUD to dogs but very QUIET to people. The whistles are tunable so that you can tune it to a frequency that gets the most response from your dog.

SportDOG Roy Gonia Whistles and MEGA Whistles Roy Gonia whistles have been the standard in Retriever Training for the last 30 years. We recommend the Roy Gonia Commander (red) Whistle for use with young pups and for short distance training as it is lower pitched and not as loud as the other whistles. The Orange and Black Special and the Roy Gonia Clear have a higher pitch and are louder.

The Roy Gonia Mega Whistles have a plastic megaphone that is attached to the regular Gonia whistle. What the mega does is push the sound away from the handler and out toward the dog. These are very loud whistles but they are easier on your ears because of the design.

Fox 40 Whistles for Dog Training The Fox 40 Classic Whistle is designed to be heard above all kinds of noise including breaking waves and thundering gale-force winds. The Fox 40 Classic’s chambers are designed to self-clear when submerged in water. The Fox 40 Classic is a pealess design and has no moving parts to freeze or jam. It is an easy to blow, super loud whistle.

The first thing you need to do is pick out a standard set of whistle commands. While you can train pretty much any command with a whistle, the normal ones are a recall or "here" command, "sit," and a "change direction" or turn command. The main whistle command in retriever work is the "Sit" whistle which is normally one quick blast. The here or recall whistle can be three or four quick blasts in rapid succession. I use a long trill for a turn whistle. My field dogs are trained to look at me after the turn command is given so I can give a hand signal for the correct direction if needed.

Just like verbal commands, it really does not matter which whistle commands you use, but you must be consistent in your commands. Training with a whistle is just like regular vocal commands, but after the dog learns the command you add the whistle command after the verbal command.

Let’s start with the Sit whistle (one quick blast.) You need a dog that has mastered both "heel" and "sit" verbal commands. Start your dog out on a leash in the heel position. As you walk along give the verbal command "Sit" and then immediately blow the whistle. Your dog will sit. Give him verbal praise. Repeat this over and over: verbal command followed with the whistle command. After you have done a certain amount of this, start to drop the verbal command. Only give the verbal command every other time. Once you can see the dog understanding just the whistle command, you can stop giving the verbal.

We always teach commands on a long line or check cord so we have physical control over the dog and can make him do what he needs to complete the command. I don’t recommend that most folks teach more than two or three whistle commands. Keep them simple and make sure your dog understand the command before you add the next one.