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How to Use Dog Whistles Effectively

Tired of yelling at your disobedient dog to come back to you? You don't want passers-by to stare at you as you desperately try to call your dog? Then a dog whistle is just the thing for you!

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So, you want to use a dog whistle and learn everything about it beforehand? To do this, you need to do a little training with your dog because he must first learn to distinguish the signal tone of your dog whistle from other sounds. 

In the following 5 points of this guide, you will learn exactly how to do this and how to choose the right whistle.

Why a Dog Whistle?

dog whistle

When a dog pursues his hunting instinct in the park, many dog owners are desperate. Furthermore, many owners are ashamed to call loudly behind their protégé.

This not only disturbs those around you, but also conveys fear, despair, or anger to your faithful companion.

Further, not all people have such a loud voice that the pet would hear it.

With a trained whistle, you can call your dog directly. The prerequisite, of course, is that he knows the dog whistle and its meaning. 

Hopefully, you have done some training beforehand so you can better command your hairy companion. 

It’s important to mention that these are very high-quality manufactured devices, which are made of horn have been manufactured. They produce a simple sound, which is bright, and provide their valuable services for many years. 

  • A dog whistle is a high-quality instrument.
  • You can use the pipe for daily use
  • Your faithful friend will move in your direction.

The best feature of the dog whistle is that it always sounds the same. It produces a neutral tone. Your companion always responds to this signal 

You just need to train him a bit beforehand so that he learns to understand the signal tones better. 

Once you complete the first few training sessions, you'll have a lot more fun with it.

Your protégé needs to learn what the whistle means. Furthermore, he must learn what you want to achieve with the whistle. After all, the sound is supposed to trigger a reflex. 

It doesn't matter if he is frolicking or playing. When you whistle, he should stop all activities and rush to you. Then you should provide a treats or reward.

There are many things to consider before using a god whistle, which you will learn in this article.

Dog Whistle Texture & Function

dog whistle

A dog whistle produces a consistent and neutral tone. 

You can even use it when your darling dog is far away from you. If you go for a walk through the forest without a leash, you will be able to benefit from this device especially. 

Basically, a dog whistle allows you to recall your dog in any situation. 

It actually represents a normal whistle. It is only slightly modified to meet the needs of pet owners.

These devices are Frequency standardized.This means the sound is always the same, no matter what. 

For the animal, this provides the best possible training effect is offered. It does not matter whether the master, mistress, or the child uses this device.

The vast majority of these products are also equipped with a necklace or band so you can always have the whistle at hand. 

So you always have the whistle at hand. Furthermore, it is offered in trendy and neutral shades.

Dog whistles are made of different materials such as plastic, metal, and natural materials like wood or horn. 

Models that have been made of plastic are extremely resistant to weathering. In comparison, products made of metal are very robust.

However, they are susceptible to rust and heavier. The versions made of natural materials are mostly, artfully designed. 

Furthermore, they protect the environment. In addition, wood can swell quickly in the presence of moisture.

Most manufacturers offer standardized models. 

This means you can buy several of the same type and your dog will always hear the same sound. In this way, you will achieve consistent training success.

In the following, the advantages and disadvantages of a dog whistle are shown once again:

Advantages Disadvantages
  • Default callback tone
  • Suitable for training
  • Dog reacts even at greater distances
  • Cheap
  • No need to call after them loudly anymore
  • Training required
  • May be disturbing in quiet environments
  • What You Need to Know About the Frequency of a Dog Whistle

    Each manufacturer sets their own frequency Each manufacturer sets their own frequency. This is important because not every quadruped responds to every frequency.

    It is a good idea to try out one or two models and then decide on one. Basically, you always have to see which version your protégé responds best to.

    Some dog whistles are also available as ultrasonic whistles. These are models in which humans cannot hear the sound.

    This way, your neighbors or other people in the immediate vicinity will not be disturbed.

    There are some offers that adjustable frequencies . For example, you can train in two different frequencies.

    If you want a silent version, you must choose a very high frequency. The higher it is, the less you will be able to perceive it.

    Training With a Dog Whistle

    Training dog whistle

    For this training, you need a lot of patience. 

    Your darling may expect special treats get in connection with the whistle sound. He will see it as a way to get bonus treats. 

    At the whistle, he will associate the object with something enticing. He will be happy to respond to the whistle and run back to you. 

    This reflex is also called operant conditioning. 

    You should do the first training sessions when your protégé is in the immediate vicinity. . He should also not be distracted. 

    Now you have to whistle and change your running direction. After a short time, your faithful companion will develop the charm to listen to the beep and sprint back to you.

    Once he has arrived at your house, he should be rewarded with a treat. 

    After two or three days, simply repeat this game . He will learn that he always gets something special when he hears the whistle and comes your way. 

    However, you should decrease the reward after some time. 

    On the one hand, he might gain weight. On the other hand, you may not have special treats with you in every situation.

    The following approach has proven effective for training:

    Step 1

    In the first phase, use the device in your own home for at least ten days There is very little here to distract your dog and you can control the situation better. 

    Furthermore, you should use the whistle only before playing together, eating, or walking your dog.

    The important thing in the first step is that the sound isn’t too loud . Your faithful friend may be frightened or perceive the sound as something negative. 

    This can affect the success of the training. Therefore, it is better if you start the training gently.

    Step 2

    If you have completed the first step and trained your dog for at least ten days in your apartment or house, you are now going through phase 2.

    This step also lasts ten days. In this step, it is recommended that you enlist the help of another person. This can be your friend, your partner, or your child.

    This person will help restrain your dog This prevents him from immediately running after the owner. Now take the dog whistle in your hand and whistle.

    Your assistant can now let go of your dog so he can run to you immediately. When he has done this, you should reward him.

    The reward can be in the form of a chew or a treat. This depends on the individual preferences of your dog.

    Step 3

    Once the first two phases have been completed, you and your dog can now go to an outdoor area.

    However, you should also ensure there are still no distractions in the immediate vicinity. Additionally, a leash can and should be used. 

    Now you go for a walk with him and the moment he looks you in the eye, you whistle. He should now react and come towards you. Then you should reward him.

    This step should also be completed without distractions and last 10 days.

    Advanced Exercises

    The basic exercises should take about a month. Once completed, your four-legged friend should be able to listen to the dog whistle in distraction-free situations.

    Now he also knows what the beep means and what you want him to do. 

    In the following, you should now perform some exercises that are designed to be a little more difficult.

    For example, you can hide in the apartment or in the house, so that your companion has to look for you.

    As long as there are no distractions outside or in the park, you can whistle off-leash. You can also increase the distractions slowly, but always minimally.

    Before this, however, your dog should already react perfectly in distraction-free situations. 

    Furthermore you can also to longer distances, such as for example in the forest other dogs,in the immediate area.

    It is always important to reward your pet. He needs a lot of reassurance to come back to you, even without a reward.

    However, this does not mean you have to completely skip the rewards later on. A few treats in between will strengthen his motivation to listen to your commands.

    Finally, you should keep whistling even after the training is over. Your dog should not always assume he is on the leash when he hears the whistle. 

    Instead, he should just come to you to get his reward. This will increase his motivation to respond to your needs.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Here you can find a list of manufacturers and brands:

    • Rusty Bob
    • WellPets
    • ACME Whistles
    • Herbertz
    • Villkin
    • PetPäl
    • YHmall
    • Faburo

    Stiftung Warentest has not yet conducted a test for dog whistles. We have not found anything on this subject in Germany. 

    If you want to try out whether a whistle is really right for your furry nose. Then you can download an app with different whistle sounds.

    The dog whistle always makes the same sound when you blow into it. This is usually at such a high frequency that only dogs can hear it. You can train your dog to come to you when he hears the dog whistle.

    The cost of a dog whistle can vary from about 3 to 20 euros. Our recommendation costs about 15 euros. For this relatively low price you get a good and durable product.

    Video & Conclusion

    A dog whistle is an inexpensive purchase that can successfully help you train your dog. It will relieve your voice and can do wonders to make your dog more obedient.

    Nevertheless, you will need a lot of patience and you will have to go through a special training with the whistle first, so that your darling and you can really benefit.

    But for the low price and effort, a dog whistle can really be worth it as a purchase.

    Written by Anja Boecker
    Written by Anja Boecker

    My name is Anja Boecker, and I am a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant. With these articles, I want to help you to understand your dog better and to build an inseparable bond.

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