Teach Your Dog to Work on Whistle Commands

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It's much harder to learn to blow a sheepdog whistle than it is to teach the dog to work on them!

This totally remade tutorial takes you through the process of familiarising your dog with whistle commands.

Bronwen's quite good with voice commands and now Andy wants to teach her to work on whistle commands. It doesn't take long before the young dog gets the idea!

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Whistle (Part 1)

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If you work sheep at a distance, in bad weather or under noisy conditions, you need to use a shepherd's whistle, because the sound of the whistle carries much further than the human voice. This means the dog can hear our commands from farther away.

Unfortunately though, many people find sheepdog whistles difficult to blow.

In this tutorial, Andy describes his favourite whistles and those he avoids, before going on to clearly demonstrate how to get sound from the sheepdog whistle. He also gives examples of typical whistle commands.

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