Product Type: Clix dog accessories
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Clix Silent Whistle
Clix Silent Whistle
Author Name: daisylee3
Clix Silent Whistle
Date: 02/11/12, updated on 02/11/12 (44 review reads)
Advantages: Dogs could hear it, cheap
Disadvantages: I could hear it too, flimsy, came unscrewed
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!!
Summary: 3/5 Stars