Super/Ultrasonic whistle vs "normal" whistle

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Old 06-14-2014, 01:38 AM
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Super/Ultrasonic whistle vs "normal" whistle

I'm just about to start training whistle recall for my dogs and I'm hesitating if I should get a super/ultra sonic whistle or just a normal one. If there is no disadvantage with the ultra one, I would prefer it since I will be using it with people around. So, are there any disadvantages compared to a "normal" whistle?
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I don't know much much about silent dog whistles. If you prefer them, why not? I'm sure there are thousands of people out there using them with great sucess. For me personally, I preferr to hear what I'm cueing my dogs, so I've settled foe a shepherd's whistle. Nice and loud. Made to carry through wind and over great distances, works great here on the farm. But then I live on a farm in the middle of deep dark Africa, nobody gives a hoot if I whistle my dogs in at top volume.
I used to use a police whistle, but after learning to blow my shepherds' whistle I've never looked back, the thing I like best about it is you can get all sorts of sounds from it.
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Thanks @Bordercollie, I decided to go for a shepherd's whistle instead. More fun.
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In my experience, those silent "dog whistles" aren't very silent, and to me they're more obnoxious than a regular whistle lol. I can't imagine dogs would appreciate something so high pitched with their sensitive ears, if I can hear it with mine.
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I did try one in a pet-shop and to my surprise I was also able to hear it but in a weird not very pleasant way. I'm eagerly waiting for my shepherds whistle's, then there will be a few heavy treat-parties the first times the dogs hear it.
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Hkvik, you're dogs will probably figure it out before you do. Shepherds whistles are a lot of fun, once you master them! Took me roping in my cousins, teenagers at the time to teach me how to blow it. Some people find it easy, some of us not so much. But feel free to ask any questions, also check out Signup for our online sheepdog training tutorial videos | The Working Sheepdog Website. Good tutorial. Have fun.
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Got my whistles! After an hour or so, I can finally make a whistle - not exactly a stable tone :-) but I'll get there! The first 15 minutes I thought it was broken :-).
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I'm glad I'm not the only one that has been training a whistle recall. Haha. I did what you plan on doing: I basically loaded the sound of the whistle by blowing it and dropping a higher value reward than his normal teaining treats. So far, he always comes when I blow it.
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I plan to drop absurd amounts of chicken and cheese a few times a day for a week or so.
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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.
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