What are Dog Whistles?
Dog whistles are a type of communication device used by dogs to communicate with each other. They have been around since ancient times and they were first used in the early 20th century. Dogs have always had some sort of language, but it was not until the late 19th century that they began using them effectively to communicate with humans. The most common form of dog whistle is the “clicker”. A clicker is a small metal bar attached to a chain that when tapped causes a sound to be made. These sounds are often associated with certain types of food being given out by humans. For example, if someone gives you a treat, you will hear something like “clack clack” or “pop pop” or even “ba ba ba”. The term “whistle” comes from the fact that these clicks are made by a dog’s vocal cords.
The purpose of dog whistles is to let others know what kind of food or toy is being given out. There are several different kinds of dog whistles available.
They are the first, second and third octaves of a dog’s hearing range (the first being the higher pitched of the three). Each is used to address a particular type of dog. A human cannot hear these whistles, but a dog can. The type of whistle one uses depends on the dog in question, but whistle #2 is most popular. Whistle #1 is reserved for hunting dogs and #3 is used for herding dogs.
Some people believe that dog whistles are not necessary and can be a detriment to training. People who train their dogs in this manner use the clicker instead.
They claim that the sound of a trainer’s voice is more than enough to communicate with a dog. Dog whistles are still a mystery to most people, though, so they are still in common usage. In addition, they can be used to communicate with animals other than dogs, such as cats and even rodents.
How to Train Your Dog with a Dog Whistle
It is always best to use positive reinforcement when training a dog. Negative reinforcement will cause the dog to become nervous and possibly lash out at the source of its anxiety.
In addition, it will not be easy to train the dog if it is afraid of you.
The easiest way to train a dog using a whistle is to simply call its name and give it a small reward when it arrives. Do this several times a day for about a week and the dog will start to associate its name with the reward.
After this period of time, you can begin to vary the rewards. Some can be good, some can be bad and some can be neutral. The important thing is to keep the dog guessing. If you reward the dog every single time it comes when called, it will stop trying to please you. In addition, you should avoid dangling the reward in front of its nose, make the dog work for it.
You can also use this method to train dogs to stop bad habits. If the dog is biting, you can make it stop by giving it a treat when it isn’t biting anything.
Soon, it will start to make the connection that biting equals no treat. This method is especially useful for treating things like barking and howling.
Whistle devices can be purchased at pet stores or over the internet. They are not very expensive and are well worth the money.
With a simple investment of about ten dollars, you should be able to train your dog to do anything.
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