Guest Charles Torre Posted December 4, 2002 Report Share Posted December 4, 2002 The last few weeks I have been experimenting with simple dog-sheep maneuvers at - what is for me - very large distances, say 400-500 yards. What has been very irritating is that my dogs have this habit of hesitating before enthusiastically taking my whistles. (Of course, if I ask for too much the dog will often not take my whistle at all at these distances. But for simple, sane flanks and so forth the dogs seem pretty happy to take the whistle - after a pause.) It finally dawned on my puny mind that the speed of sound is playing a role here. At room temperature the speed of sound is about 375 yards/second. So it is taking over a second for my whistles to get to the dog! Doh! If you are in one of those killer trials and you are trying to keep your dog on a perfect line during a fetch from 850 yards, how do you deal with this time delay? I don't expect to have to worry about this situation in the foreseeable future, but it is an interesting problem, no? I guess the ideal situation is to have a dog that knows how to fetch properly without any guidance. Still, this is never an ideal world; can you tell me how people deal with this? charlie Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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