I would like to start my pup on her whistle training. Does it really matter what whistle I purchase. Which one do you find to have the best tone, volume and dog response. any comments will be appriciated.
Mike, I personally use the Roy Gonyea Special, with the pea. It comes in orange and a clear, which is supposed to be the professional model. They both sound the same. The clear is more expensive. If you are using a whistle as much as I do, the magnum is a good one to use. That is the one with the megaphone style extension. The purpose for that is to get the sound away from your ears. It is not just for additional volume. If blowing a lot, the whistle can get overwhelming to the ears. Any of the whistles are OK. The only one I do not recommend is the silent ones. Think about it! If you do not hear it, you cannot be absolutely sure the dog is getting the command. Good luck.......Jim
Started with an Acme Thunderer in 1978. In cold weather it would stick to your lips, and the pea would sometimes freeze. Went to a Gonia in 2000. The plastic was easier on the lips, but the pea sometimes froze. I'm now sold on the Fox 40. No pea, no freezing, and you can't overblow it. If it's good enough for our military, it's good enough for Jack and I. It is extremely LOUD, and could ruin your hearing in short order. I cup my hands around it, forming a megaphone, to protect my hearing. Like Jim said, carry a backup on your lanyard.
Jim, thanks for your advice. Received my whistles over the weekend. Yes Matt I bought Roy Gonyea Special, anyway my lil pup Kadee picked up the Sit command from the whistle w/ no verbal command in just a few minutes on my lunch hour on Monday. Today she seemed to respond well to the "come" command. Man is she smart. Just wanted to keep you posted that you advice is always on target. The books and videos you suggested by Richard Wolters has helped with the timing of training steps.