It’s not as difficult as you may think!
Many sheepdog handlers think it’s very difficult to teach a dog to work on whistle commands but in fact the tricky part is learning to blow the whistle in the first place!
Once you’ve mastered the “knack” of blowing the whistle (covered in part one of our sheepdog whistle tutorials) you need to practice a set of distinct commands which your dog will be able to hear at a distance or in a noisy environment such as near a motorway or close to trees where wind is rustling the leaves.
In our latest sheepdog training video, (duration 13.8 minutes) Andy describes how to get started and then he introduces Bronwen to whistle commands while she’s working sheep.
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