Dog whistles carry no magic on there own and like any other tool the dog needs to be taught a specific meaning that is paired with the whistle. There are various types of whistles and some are easier to use then others. Whistles generally can be placed in one of two categories – airfast whistles and pea whistles. Pea whistles are generally the type of whistle people are familiar with. Pea whistles are fitted with a weatherproof pea and this pea is what provides the trill of rolling notes or a variable frequency making them variable in pitch and tone. Pea whistles are easier to blow and require less effort than an airfast whistle.
What is the difference between pitch & tone when it comes to my whistle?
“Pitch is the fundamental frequency of a sound, whereas tone is the quality of the sound”
When people think of a “dog whistle” they often think of a “silent” dog whistle. A “silent” dog whistle is not truly silent. Humans hear a low hissing sound but dogs can hear the ultrasonic frequencies that are above the human hearing range. Since we cannot actually hear what the dog is hearing we have no way of knowing if the sound has been compromised (consistent sound) due to lint or some other obstruction in the whistle. For this reason I would choose one of the Acme specialized dog whistles listed below that top dog trainers use.
“Airfast whistles (whistles without a pea inside) are harder to blow and need a good sharp blow.” “They will sound weak and ineffectual if they are blown in a gentle, drawn out way. They are designed to be on or off with no in between.” “If you blow airfast whistles gently and in a prolonged way you will get a variation in pitch so that your whistle will sound different every time. This will confuse a dog, which is why correct operation of dog training whistles is so important. Incorrect use can prevent the whistle from being recognised as a whistle.” https://www.acmewhistles.co.uk/blog/blow-a-whistle-for-best-results/
So how do you blow your whistle?
“The golden rule is you can only get out what you put in, and most whistles need to be blown hard. The best way to do this is with short sharp hard blows produced by lungs full of air.”
“Some people refer to this as “spit blowing”. This will produce a crisp, distinctive sound. Dog whistles, sports whistles and survival whistles are best blown in this way.” https://www.acmewhistles.co.uk/blog/blow-a-whistle-for-best-results/
I like the Acme specialized (airfast) dog whistles that are single frequency for their consistency when working with dogs. (210.5, 211.5, & 212)
Acme Dog Whistle 210.5 High pitch, quiet to the user, an excellent all-round dog whistle for close and distance control. Single frequency.
Acme Dog Whistle 211.5 Medium high pitch, single note; good distance whistle.
Acme Dog Whistle Pro Trialler 212 Medium Pitch, a great all-rounder with a sound that is well within human hearing. This special whistle holds its frequency no matter how loud you blow. Your dog will always know it’s their whistle. Known as the Pro-Trialler, this whistle is especially good over distance
You can listen to each of the Acme dog whistles online.
There is also a shepherds’ whistle and sometimes refereed to as a lip whistle, it works in a completely unique way. It has been used by shepherds for generations and is prized for its versatile range of sound. This whistle will take practice in order to use it consistently so I do not recommend them.
Acme dog whistles offer consistent sound quality, are weather-proof, and are all individually tested and guaranteed, this is why Acme dog whistles are relied on by top dog trainers around the globe when they're looking to buy a new dog whistle online.