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My dogs are walked daily in a large, open field around the corner. While they're generally well behaved and come back when called 99% of the time they do sometimes get their sniff on and go following a trail, or even worse running after a rabbit.
Me and my boyfriend currently use a normal metal whistle which makes a high pitched noise and it works, but not long ago I decided to buy a silent whistle to try - mainly out of curiosity to be honest as I had never tried one before and I wasn't sure if it would work. Clix was the first brand of silent whistle that I came across on Amazon and as it was cheap I decided to buy it. I paid around £2.50 which seemed like a bargain but to be honest even £2.50 is a bit of a rip off! The retail price is around £4.00 and it is available from a range of online retailers and discount stores as well as a range of pet shops including Pets at Home.
The whistle can be used for recall as well as indoor and outdoor training and the manufacturers describe it as a compact, lightweight whistle. Although it is marketed as a silent whistle it isn't silent, which I think is a little misleading. Clix claim that the whistle has to be slightly audible to the human ear, in order for the owner to effectively be able control the dog. While I can see where they're coming from, I don't think that this should be sold as a silent whistle when it is in fact just a normal whistle which is slightly quieter (to my ears anyway).
The whistle came attatched to a rectangular piece of cardboard with a thin piece of plastic over the top. To get it out of the packaging I just cut around the edges and then pulled the plastic off. The branding is okay - bright blue with a picture of a dog. The whistle itself is silver and made of a very lightweight metal which to be honest feels quite cheap. The design is pretty basic - it's a long piece of metal which reminds me a bit of a very tiny flute because of the little hole on it.
The hole can be covered or uncovered when you blow into the whistle to make it louder or quieter, which seems a good idea in theory but I found that when it was uncovered the noise was way too high pitched so I always had to cover it. The whistle can be unscrewed to change the tone as well but I found this unnesscary and fiddly, plus it was a bit of an effort to keep it all in one piece seeing as it would become unscrewed within 10 minutes if I put it in my pocket while walking.
The whistle has a metal loop attatched to it so it can be attatched to a neck strap or keyring but I just put it in my pocket whenever I took it out with us. I used this around five times and then gave up. Although it does make a bit of a noise when blown it is hard to tell which tone the dogs can hear so I always ended up blowing it really hard which made a horrible loud pitched sound.
This always got my dogs back even when they were on the other side of the field and if they were following a trail the sound seemed to snap them out of 'mad sniffing mode'. Because I found it hard to tell if my dogs could hear it though it made me concious of whether or not it was too loud for them seeing as I always had to blow it hard. I also disagree with the manufacturer's claim that it is compact as it's quite an odd shape which takes up more room in my pocket than a normal whistle.
Overall, I prefer the normal whistle that we have and I don't recommend this one. It is fiddly and I just don't see any point in buying it seeing as it's not actually silent!!
I bought the Clix Silent Whistle with the intention of trying to train my dogs - although I have come to the conclusion that they are either untrainable or I am a terrible trainer!! I had never used a silent whistle before and so I wasn't really sure what to expect, but having looked up some websites that talked about how to use them, I thought I would give it a try. The Clix Silent Whistle cost me £3.59 from The Company of Animals website (www.companyofanimals.co.uk) which was about what I was expecting to pay.
The whistle is made of a silver metal and it has a key ring attachment at one end so that it can be attached to a key ring or a chain round your neck. Initially I actually kept in on my bag on a chain, but it's no longer on there because I don't use it. If is quite lightweight, but it also feels quite sturdy and I don't think it would fall apart easily. You can twist the nozzle on it to change the tone of the whistle - and you can also cover and uncover the hole to change the intensity of the whistle - although I admit that I never really got to grips with understanding how that was helpful!
I suppose the thing that I found is that I thought the whistle would only be audible to dogs - and actually it was audible to me also. It actually hurt my ears when I blew it hard - and I couldn't help but think that this must be really hurting my dogs ears......and they really didn't seem to like it.
I didn't find using the whistle helpful - but in addition I found that it really hurt my ears - and potentially my dogs ears - and so I stopped using it.
I bought this when training my pup on a recallabd thought it would be good to use as it stated silent.
Not quite as good as stated!! I bought this from Pets at Home for about £2.99 so not very expensive.
I started off the recall coupled with the whistle and all was going well. I suppose you can train a dog to recall to any noise really.
The whistle was not silent though and sounded like a normal whistle. I wondered why I didn't just pay £1.99 for the normal whistle!
In addition to this I found the whistle would unscrew itself when it was on a lanyard around my neck. If I did not check it periodically I would find it almost unscrewed to the point of falling off. As there was nothing to stop it dropping off many times I had almost lost it.
Alast came the day I did not catch it in time and went to blew the whistle for a recall to find it unscrewed and no where to be seen.
A bit of a waste of money and I cant even take it back to the shop!!
We live and learn!
I now have a Pink Achme whistle from "Black Gun Dog" which also donates some of the money to breast cancer research. This whistle doesn't unscrew as it is one peice and looks better!!
When we first got a Boxer Dog, the breeder told us that they were a very intelligent breed. Others have since told us that if a Boxer's IQ ever reaches double figures, you should sell! Either way, we were keen to train our Boxer pup as best we could so that he would get used to doing what he was told and recognising me as the dominant male.
With nothing other than a series or two of One Man and His Dog by way of experience, I bought myself this whistle and set about the task.
When I first took it out of the packet and blew it, I noticed that I could hear it - was I a dog, perhaps? Actually No. The important bit was that the dog did react to it and for the most part responded when he heard it being blown. That said, he didn't seem to understand what I wanted him to do, which inclined me towards the view that he was thick. After all, it couldn't have been my fault. I had sat him down and gone through with him the various commands. It must be him.
What he did do each time I blew it was to stop, look round at me and then cock his head from side to side at each blast. He never came running back to me as I had hoped. It was however useful in that it distracted him sufficiently from whatever he had been up to and allowed me to catch him up. He was invariably way ahead of me in our walks in the forest.
The whistle was used from time to time after that but was only really brought back into use in the dog's final year when he became almost totally deaf. Although he could no longer hear our commands at a distance he did still appear to just about hear the whistle so it came into its own at that stage.
The whistle itself is straightforward enough - a long thin thing that when blown made a high pitched whistle - still audible to the human ear but not as loud as an ordinary whistle. We still have it, but the dog has since passed away and we no longer use it. Maybe I could use it in the house to summon my wife. One blast = more beer; two blasts = feed me now......or then maybe not.
My final thought is that it shouldn't really be marketed as a Silent Whistle when you can actually hear it, but other than that the manufacturer cannot be blamed for my dog failing to understand what I wanted when I blew it.
Dog whistles can be a useful tool for controling your dog, especially in a large outdoor area. I've always used an audiable to initially train my dogs with but then moved onto a silent whistle so not to annoy other walkers.
I found this at Pets at Home, and the CLIX range of whistle is the only one they stock. The whistle itself is made of a light metal, which a high silver polished shine, there is a little loop at the end to attach a landyard to keep it safetly round your neck when walking Unfortunatly soon after buying I realise the whistle I had bought was not at all silent. At first I thought this was a fault and so took it back to get a replacement. Ironically the salesperson when I purchased joked about a gentlemen who returned the whistle because he couldn't hear it so it was quite amusing when I arrived back with an noisy silent whistle. The staff quickly got another whistle and just as quickly discovered that it was also a rather noisy whistle.
Of course they quite happily gave me a rufund but after I got home I did a little reasurch into this product and it actually states both on the manufactures web site and pets at homes website that this 'silent whistle' is infact audible to the human ear. I find it a little cheeky that a product can be named 'Silent Whistle' when infact it isn't. Although they state on the manufacturers website that it is aubible it doesn't say anywhere on the packaging or in the stores this is sold in.
I can't reccomend this product, or the CLIX brand as they obviously have problems correctly labeling their products without misleading their customers.
Lightweight compact silent whistle is ideal for dog training, both indoors and out. It is also possible to alter the pitch. Silent whistles are particularly suited for training noise sensitive breeds.