07-17-2014, 12:57 PM
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I never used anything but a regular old Acme whistle when I was training retrievers. I'd probably never master a sheepdog whistle. lol
I just paired the whistle with whatever command I'd been using for recall or sit. Teaching sit on a whistle is part of retriever training and a good skill for any dog to have. I never introduced the whistle or charged it like it sounds you guys are doing. Must be because whistle training was such a large part of retriever training that the dogs were taught it very early on.
Rex and Belle have been trained with a whistle recall and Gabby, sort of.
She's so good with her recall and the emergency recall that I haven't spent much time using the whistle.