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How to use a sheepdog whistle

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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.
Lie Down
One long blast
Stops dog
Come Here
Brings dog to handler
Walk Up
Two short whistles
Moves dog straight toward the livestock
Come By
Moves dog around the livestock clockwise
Way to Me
Moves dog around the livestock counter-clockwise
Get Out
Moves dog away from the livestock
Look Back
Turns dog around to go gather more livestock
Take Time
Slows dog to a steady pace
That'll Do
Orders dog to quit working

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Sheepdog Training is great fun for dog and owner. why not give it a try today!

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