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Hi

Since we got our lab puppy 6wks ago we've been blowing a gun dog whistle (one short blow) everytime we feed her and my grown up lab (6yrs). However the recall signal I've been trying to train them to is 3 peeps of the whistle. Should I actually be giving 3 peeps of the whistle at food time, or am I trying to create a general positive assoication with the sound of the whistle so it can be generalised to other commands such a sit? I don't know much about whistle training - is there any good intro websites? Although I wont be working the dogs it seems much more practical to use a whistle than my voice when they're some distance away (obviously the puppy wont be at this stage for a long time).

Thanks, Ruby
 

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If the intention of the whistle blowing at meal times is to encourage recall, I'd go for consistency ie three blasts.

Patrick

ps It does work even for a professional selective deafness dog like my Paddy :lol: Thank goodness for a lab's love of food...
 

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Yes - that sounds more logical - I was just unsure whether I was conditioning all whistle sounds or just the recall sound - but I think I'll switch to 3 blasts so that it's identical to the recall sound.

I'm hoping the lab's love of food will help the puppy, Lotti, to recall well - she is definately food orientated. My older lab is not so bothered - when we're out and I try training with food he'll frequently refuse to even take the treat despite having performed the action. I've even tried cheese - his most favourite food in the world - but it appears the world is more interesting than even cheese, which makes life interesting when it comes to training :) But I perservere - and just maybe the whistle will help......
 
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Yep that's what I do.....3 pips = something NICE.....Whether that is dinner or a treat is up to you but to the pup it's the association between the two that counts. :D
 

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Hi Jules - thank you - we'll change to that. Ruby
 
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