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whistling up your dog

Just as a matter of interest how many the dogs here come to a whistle ? I have always taught my dogs this from the moment they have come home . I never use the baby talk "come here come on " but rather a 4 fingered whistle in conjunction with a firm "come" and moving away from the dog . We were away over the weekend and my friends were amazed at karmas recall on a whistle from hundreds of metres away . As soon as she hears it she is inbound like an exocet missile !! I don't really think about it as I think all dogs should do it but do they ?


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Wolfie runs to us when we whistle. We never taught him, he just does it. Chiefy never did. He looked at us like we were nuts.

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I think you are a show off, because I can't do a 4 fingered whistle. (Yes I am jealous.) I do whistle for my dog and she comes. Or - I should say used to. She is old and doesn't hear well any more - though I do think she may be better able to hear me whistle than call.
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Close quarters and I can just click with my tongue and karma comes . Heck sometimes its just a "get over here " look !!


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my dogs come with a whistle, because my DH does that.
Otherwise they'll come when I call them in. Onyx is the only one that hasn't got good recall...I think her hearing is going because of all the ear infection/treatments she has had. Or it is selective. I'm still trying to decide! Though when my african grey calls or whistles to them, they always come running to him~he tosses his pellets to them.

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My dogs have always come when I whistle. No fingers though, just a normal whistle. I never officially taught this to them; they just picked it up.

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Every dog I've ever owned have responded to a whistle, and I agree- you are a show off with the finger whistle business! I never did learn how to do that even though I have 4 brothers! My dogs also come when I clap my hands- something my mom always did to call in her herd of Norwegian Elkhounds.
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I can't whistle at all so...no.

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I can whistle a little after many years of my parrot trying to teach me. It's a sad little whistle though so no, never taught the dogs to come to it. I suppose they would though if I could do it. They come flying when I open the back door, and if something is really holding their attention at the back of the yard or what have you, a name call or "lets go" or pretty much anything else said will call them into the house.
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I think you are a show off, because I can't do a 4 fingered whistle. (Yes I am jealous.) I do whistle for my dog and she comes.
I agree! I would love to be able to whistle louder! Madix always, always comes to a whistle, his name or "here" or "come"

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Close quarters and I can just click with my tongue and karma comes . Heck sometimes its just a "get over here " look !!
I can crook my finger at Madix and he'll come - not sure when I tied that gesture to his recall command but he's got it down pat now
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