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We have a new DVD and/or CD on whistling available. It is Welcome to Whistling with Derek Fisher. Hear and see in action Derek's clear and concise whistles, how to choose which whistles to use, the importance of variations in your whistles and better communicating through whistles. You can purchase these on our website at www.bcollies.com/videos.htm, through Derek directly, through Border Collies in Action or they will be available at Meeker and the Sheepdog Finals.
So I have a border collie that is not a stock dog, but wanted an opinion from stockdog trainers. I've decided to do whistle training with my pup, mostly for the recall command, but I also want to do treibball in the future and I imagine a whistle will be helpful. I've never done whistle training before and I'm not concerned about being able to do it. My question is just why to use a shepherd's whistle versus a gundog whistle like the acme 210.5. The shepherd's whistle definitely seems more complicated and with the acme 210.5 I would never have to worry about blowing the wrong pitch. I would loose the ability to use pitch in my command, but can still vary the length and number of blasts, which would be easier then controlling the pitch. It seems like this would provide a more consistent command. Also, those gundog whistles can be super loud (that is a plus for me, but probably a downside to anyone near me). I imagine that I can't really go wrong because I could train the dog with anything (maybe I should break out my alto sax?). So I am basically just looking for some opinions. Also, answering this question would help: why would you not want to us a single pitch whistle like the acme 210.5?
Perhaps this isn't groundbreaking but just wanted to share this... I've tried a couple different types of whistles- plastic, corian, metal... I do the best making a consistent sound with a metal whistle but hated the feeling of metal on my teeth. I bought some Woodwind Mouthpiece Cushions, cut to shape and placed on my metal whistles where my teeth bite down. I don't think the pads interfere with the sound at all. Attached is a picture of a whistle with the pads, same pads on the other side as well Thanks!