Hold the whistle by its tab.
Place the sheepdog whistle in the mouth so that the semicircular part of the whistle is against the semicircle formed by your lips.
Blow gently so that the air enters the whistle through the small circular holes inside your mouth, and leaves it between the two pieces of plastic which are between your lips.
Your tongue on the back of the whistle will vary the direction of the air, and after a little trial and error, you will soon master the art.
Try your sheepdog whistle out somewhere that nobody can hear you to avoid complaints from family, friends and neighbours and their dogs.
To properly move livestock, each of the herding commands must be mutually understood (lie down, come here, walk up, come by, way to me, get out, look back, take time, that'll do). Each herding command is explained briefly below, with the verbal command and whistle sound also provided.
The use of the in-mouth sheepdog whistle requires some practice, most new users can produce controlled sounds quite quickly, but before using the whistle with a herding dog it is recommended that consistent commands can be produced so as to avoid confusing the dog.
When learning the use of the dog whistle, many people find listening to a recording of the basic border collie commands is helpful as a reference to ensure the "vital" control tones are correctly learned.
Once the basic commands are mastered the handler may introduce his/her own personal modifications to effect more refined and subtle movements, the Sheepdog is a wonderfully intelligent breed and is easily able to assimilate a great many different command whistles.