Ultrasound dog whistle

I recently bought an ultrasound dog whistle for two reasons. Firstly, when on our early morning walks, although I have him on a verbal leash, there are times when I have to summon him and to call or shout is likely to disturb the peace of that time of the morning: There are walkers who enjoy the quiet of the time, people in caravans visiting Maleny who are sleeping and residents in close enough proximity to be disturbed by me.

I bought the Acme whistle for its quality and this particular model because it can be heard by a dog up to 4 km away depending on the wind. I felt that should he be lost and outside the 300-400 m, an unlikely but not improbable situation, I would regret not having the longer range.

The instructions stated that training should commence before the age of 6 months but he learned the limited training in a day or two. It is rather disconcerting training a dog with these whistles because one cannot hear it although the animal very obviously does. As a matter of interest, Tali’s response to my call to him on the whistle is unlike a voice call: He seems excited by it and arrives in a very alert and inquiring state.

Here is information on the tones etc. from the package:

Blow effort            Volume                    Tone

Easiest . . . . . . . . .  Medium . . . . . . . . Highest
Easy . . . . . . . . . . .  Medium . . . . . . . . High
Modest . . . . . . . . . High. . . . . . . . . . .  Mid
More modest . . . . Very high . . . . . . . Deep
Most effort. . . . . . Maximum . . . . . .  Deepest

N.B. Because we expect the highest effort to correspond to the highest tone I found it difficult to master what I was doing. I decided to limit Tali’s training, for the time being at least, to a “Come here!” which to date has been a verbal, ‘Tali – come!” with the “Tali” being Tar-li + come! after a tiny pause – effected by a modest, slightly elongated, blow followed by a slightly firmer, but shorter, blow. This is what he has learned.
The whistle I bought is an Acme 535 shown here >  Acme Silent Dog Whistle 535

Bought from HERE

About Ian Gardner

Ian Gardner was born on the 20th February 1934 in Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, and christened Basil Ian Gunewardene. He was born two months prematurely and nearly died five times in his first two months. He moved to Australia in September 1969 where he changed his surname to Gardner. From childhood, he had an enquiring mind and an innate interest in the supernatural. Since 1986, nineteen years of regular periods of meditation, "searching within", reading and revelations have culminated in this free book which has been nine years in the making. Further writings followed and all his writings are available to all on the Internet free of charge. There is more information in the preface of the book. February 2020. My search - my journey, is now complete.

Posted on May 15, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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