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Post by Rockdog » Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:26 pm

Anyone use a whistle in the field with their beagles? I don't have a loud voice,and was curious if anyone uses a whistle as an attention getter bunny hunting.

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Post by cris axtell/coal hill ken » Mon Mar 08, 2010 6:47 pm

once you go to a whistle you'll never go back. look at wallmart in the camping section. they have a survival whistle with a compass and thermometer for about four bucks. very loud.
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Post by 20guage1 » Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:57 pm

I would have to agree, a whistle saves ur voice, and is highly effective on windy days, and when the hound just dosent feel like responding to the spoken word.

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Post by Rockdog » Fri Mar 12, 2010 5:53 am

I never really considered the wind. Makes good sense to me. I think I'll work one into my training.

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Post by DoubleEagle » Sat Mar 13, 2010 4:53 pm

I've often thought about using a whistle during training and running my dogs. Maybe even a Bosun's Whistle so I can use different commands. Figure if it can be heard on a windy deck then it should work alright out in the woods.

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Post by BigStrutter » Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:47 pm

I use a whistle and love it. Two short burst means come and one long loud one I use to get there attention if they are being stubborn. I trained mine to respond by putting them on a long rope and blowing the whistle and pulling the rope. When they would come I would reward them with a treat.


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Post by RunninHard » Tue May 25, 2010 8:45 pm

Im going to try this also, sounds like a good thing, I hate yelling for the dogs

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Post by Ky. Hunter » Wed May 26, 2010 7:00 am

I train mine to the whistle along with the tone on the e-collar and it does save your voice.

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Post by Hand_beagler » Fri Jan 28, 2011 12:27 am

is that all you can really do to train come with a whistle is use a check cord and blow the whistle and pull them into you and reward. then repeat...and repeat...and repeat? Could you collar condition them to come? I also have a lab that I hunt and run field trials with and have wondered if I could use the same methods with the lab as with my beagles.
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Post by DJC » Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:25 pm

I run with an older gentleman who has a horn and suprisingly my dogs came to him blowing that horn right off the bat. I would laugh at him but now I gave in and bought one its called a Harking Horn got it from Eisunhunt. I hunt with my brothers and run dogs with several different people and everyones dogs come when I blow the horn. It works great.

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Post by dfunkdf » Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:30 pm

I don't have a loud voice either and have a whistle won't go to the feild without it

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Re: Whistle?

Post by TC » Sat Feb 05, 2011 10:55 pm

I use a whistle and I love it I too hate yelling for a dog. For some reason they seem to come really fast when I use my whistle, maybe because they hear it better and it don't seem to echo off the country side and confuse them as to where I am.
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