Acme Shepherds Whistle 575 The traditional whistle used by the English Shepherd to command his faithful sheep dog to round up and bring home the sheep.
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Sheepdog Whistles allow you the ultimate flexibility when it comes to communicating with you dog, whether you are training a working dog or enjoying some advanced training with your family pet.
Most whistles fall in to one of two categories - the airfast whistles and the pea whistles. A notable exception would be the sheepdog whistle. Also known as the shepherds whistle and sometimes as the lip whistle, it works in a completely unique way to our other dog whistles. It has been used by shepherds for generations and is prized for its versatile range of sound; it gained popularity following the TV show ‘One Man And His Dog’, and these days it is a widely respected alternative to the more modern dog whistles.
Using this kind of whistle to its full potential requires a deep connection between dog and trainer as both must be completely attuned to the nuanced sounds it is capable of producing. If you have decided to choose a sheepdog whistle in your dog training sessions then it is definitely worth practicing your technique to make sure you are producing consistent commands. Once mastered, you will be able to produce a whole array of commands from your lip whistle.
How To Use A Sheepdog Whistle
Using a shepherds’ whistle takes a little time to get right. To begin, place the whistle in your mouth, with the flat edge facing inward. Place your tongue against the flat edge or against the bottom of the whistle, ensuring that the hole in the middle isn’t being covered. This will create an upper and lower chamber inside your mouth, one above and one below the whistle. Once it is in place and feels secure, blow gently. It may take a few tries to get a sound out of your whistle, but have patience and try repositioning the whistle slightly to see what works for you.
Shepherds Sheepdog Whistle Instructions
Place whistle in mouth with the curved open edge facing outwards resting on your tongue.
Hold in the mouth in such a way as to create a gap underneath the whistle. The back of the whistle will sit on the back of the tongue.
Blow and by varying the blow, you will create different sounds.
To create an even wider range of sounds, move the tongue up and down reducing and widening the gap underneath the whistle.
NB. if you place your tongue against the lower hole you will silence the whistle. It doesn’t matter which way up the whistle is placed.
This whistle will require a few practice blows before you get a sound, but once the sounds is achieved, it is plain sailing - or whistling.
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