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How to Choose the Right Dog Whistle for Training Your Pet or Gundog

Updated: Feb 28, 2023

Choosing the right whistle for your dog is key to successful training.

If you're looking to train your pet or gundog, choosing the right dog whistle is crucial for success. However, with so many options available, it can be difficult to know which whistle to choose. In this article, we'll explore the key elements to consider when selecting a whistle for your dog.

No two dogs are identical, so it's important to choose a whistle that's appropriate for your dog's needs. Factors such as breed, age, and temperament can all play a role in selecting the right whistle. Additionally, the type of training you'll be doing with your dog should also be taken into account.

When it comes to choosing a whistle, there are several options available, including plastic, metal, and electronic whistles. Each type has its own pros and cons, so it's important to research and consider which type will work best for you and your dog.

Another important consideration is the pitch of the whistle. Different pitches can be used for different commands, and it's important to select a pitch that your dog can hear clearly. Additionally, the volume of the whistle should also be considered, especially if you'll be using the whistle in a noisy environment.


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cocker spaniel acme 210.5 whistle

Notoriously known for their endless energy levels, bags of character and unconditional love, they are very popular in the working dog community and often feature on the beating line on a shoot. This is ultimately what they were bred to do and they will thrive in this environment. As they tend to work close by with their owners a whistle with a large sound radius isn't always necessary, an Acme 210.5 is the most common whistle used for a spaniel and is proved to have amazing results.

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Pointers are among the most desired breeds when it comes to looking for training capabilities. Their desire to learn and please is just incredible. Beautifully natured they make a

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germ short pointer 212 acme whistle

fantastic companion and family pet. When it comes to gundog work, They will stop dead in their tracks and physically point to a prey animal such as game bird or hare ( hence the name POINTER). Pointers are most at home sifting through the under growth and cover searching for the scent of game. On these occasions distant sounds around them will be muted, an Acme 212 Pro Trialer whistle is highly recommended as its high pitch will

cut through the undergrowth, allowing you to continue communication with your Pointer.

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labrador 211.5 whistle

Retrieving breeds such as Labradors and Golden retrievers were bred to be able to run long distances through many environments in order to retrieve a shot game bird etc. This meant the dogs were often sent across anything from open moors to woodland and water crossings to retrieve it. So you'll often find yourself needing to communicate at distance. With the Acme 211.5 your dog will still be able to hear you at up to 1.5km, Weather permitting.

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At ADW Gundog Supplies we are very proud to be stockists of Acme Whistles and are therefore happy to be able to offer the right whistle for you in a huge variety of colours and pitches. Getting the right equipment really can be the difference in achieving the success you want.

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