This whistle is a "silent whistle". It is used to give commands to dogs over distance just as any other whistle is used. It is called a "silent whistle" because it operates on a frequency above that of the average person's hearing. Most people will hear a faint sound. In other words it is very LOUD to dogs but very QUIET to people.
It is not a "silencer" and does nothing to make a dog stop barking nor will it repel an aggressive dog.
This is the Acme silent dog whistle. We sell a bunch of them. I think the majority of people that buy them are trying to do something that they won't do. So I may be talking you out of buying it, but that's OK.
A silent dog whistle will not make a dog stop barking. It will not do it. I don't care what you've read on the internet. It won't do it. So if you have a neighbor's dog that's barking, don't buy this thinking that it's going to stop them from barking, because it's not. That's not what it's designed to do.
Silent dog whistles work off a really high frequency and dogs can hear them. But it's just like any other whistle. We occasionally have someone who will buy it and go, "Well my dog didn't respond to it." Well, silent whistles don't make dogs do things. You have to train them what the whistle means the same way you would any other command.
And so, it's important that you understand what this will not do. It's not magic or anything along those lines.
The other thing about a silent dog whistle is they're not totally silent. You are going to hear a couple of things even when it's tuned down. The biggest thing you're going to hear is the air blowing through it. that's something I like to point out to folks. But it is quiet. And you have the ability to tune it depending on what frequency you want simply by twisting it.
What I like about silent dog whistles is that they carry a long way. So, for somebody that's looking to use a whistle in a neighborhood and doesn't want to bother the rest of their neighbors, they are looking to have something that doesn't bother your years, that's a real big key factor in it.
It's a very popular product. It's really well made. Acme does a really nice job with their whistles. But it's important to understand what it will and will not do. Just like anything else, it's a cue. You have to teach the dog what it means. We've got some information on our website about how to go about doing that.
But it's not a magical device. And it's not something that's going to make your dog respond if he doesn't understand what it means. Just like every other whistle that we sell, you've got to stop and actually teach the dog what it means, which is not a complicated process. But the Acme silent whistle is a well-made device and we really like them. But it's not some sort of magical thing.
"Have used this whistle since the mid 1950's to train my dogs. I have not used any other whistle."
By: Bill Stein
Hunts. Have used this whistle since the mid 1950's to train my dogs. I have not used any other whistle. Still have the original whistle.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 985 Reviewed: 2011-05-11 Featured Review
"WOW!!! What a beautiful whistle! Well made!"
By: Les Speiler From CA
I am a trainer specializing in Service Dogs and encourage clients to use this style of whistle for recall, runaways, especially disabled handlers that need a foolproof recall method. They are invaluable, and clients swear by the whistles after the dog is properly trained to respond. They save lives! However, due to how much an average client will spend, I needed to offer a cheaper knock-off of the Acme whistle I extensively hunted for just so I could have a $10 whistle, and clients would get something in hand, that works, and use it. Then maybe later, they'll step up to a real Acme Silent Dog Whistle. Business has been awesome, so I decided to treat myself and bought two Acme Silent Dog Whistles, one to replace the knock-off I wear on my neck, and the other on my key-chain. WOW!!! What a beautiful whistle! Well made! The design is excellent including the set-screw to lock the whistle together so you don't loose the bottom half after you adjust the frequency, and the range of high quality frequencies available by this whistle is fantastic! I will buy a few more of these to have on hand to able to able to offer to my clients interested in a classier high-quality option for a whistle, and now I can demonstrate the awesome differences.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 12511 Reviewed: 2014-08-01 Featured Review
"Just bought another as a gift for my daughter to use to train their new dog"
By: CAROL WILSON From OR
Owns 11 dogs. Family pet. Just bought another as a gift for my daughter to use to train their new dog - a Lab/Dane mix. She was impressed when she saw my Husky turn and come back to us upon hearing my whistle signal.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 14646 Reviewed: 2014-10-18
"Trained my dogs from the beginning with it."
By: Bill MacRae From MA
Brittany. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Trained my dogs from the beginning with it. Works great and you don't have to annoy every other hunter within a mile!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 15678 Reviewed: 2014-11-17
Customer Review #29512
By: Oldsnake From WI
Owns 11 dogs. Family pet. The whistle works wonderfully well, but the secret is Steve's instruction for training dog and owner how to use it. It is not magic, but if you do what Steve says, it works.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 29512 Reviewed: 2016-05-17
"I've used other silent whistles in the past and this one is by far the best."
By: John Utterback From WI
Owns 2 dogs. Family pet. I was very pleasantly surprised by the obvious quality of the Acme Dog Whistle. It has good weight to it and is just the right size to fit in the hand. The chain is a very nice feature. I don't have to worry about losing half of the whistle. I've used other silent whistles in the past and this one is by far the best. It's well worth the money!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 15697 Reviewed: 2014-11-18
"Acme is the original and no one has done it better since."
By: Butch Cappel From TX
Acme is the original and no one has done it better since. Love 'em.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 18069 Reviewed: 2015-01-25
"We LOVE this whistle."
By: Sarah Shelby From TX
Family pet. We LOVE this whistle. I like it so much that I purchased a 2nd just to have in case we misplace one. Our GSP is 2.5yr and responds very well to the whistle. We use it for recall at the park and off leash activities. Great product, durable and easy to adjust the pitch. Definitely recommend.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 17843 Reviewed: 2015-01-18
Customer Review #29207
By: Alonzo Watkins From TX
Owns 11 dogs. Hunts. I love it. My pup has started to comply.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 29207 Reviewed: 2016-05-02
"Expensive, but incredibly well made."
By: Fidelio For Austin,TX
Expensive, but incredibly well made. Skip the one made in the far east and buy the original. Been using them for 40 years, and it's still the best.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 25044 Reviewed: 2015-11-25
"Best whistle on the market"
By: Butch Cappel From TX
Competes. Best whistle on the market, silent or ear buster.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 19040 Reviewed: 2015-03-01
"Well made, but a little less comfortable to use than the Acme plastic whistles."
By: Scott Wilson From IL
Owns 3 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Well made, but a little less comfortable to use than the Acme plastic whistles. We are testing higher frequencies for longest distance.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 23277 Reviewed: 2015-09-01
"Finally got my answer from brazil where I forwarded it to my brother in law, and he said the dogs look toward him and hesitate, but he blows it some more, and they quit."
By: Sharon Flesvig From FL
Family pet. Finally got my answer from brazil where I forwarded it to my brother in law, and he said the dogs look toward him and hesitate, but he blows it some more, and they quit. They also do not bark so early or so late. He is slowly but surely training them. Should say also that they are neighbors dogs who have been keeping him up for months. He thanks you for his nights sleep.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 18511 Reviewed: 2015-02-09
Family pet. The first truly (nearly) silent whistle I've found. Excellent.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 18407 Reviewed: 2015-02-06
"Works with our dog out to about 100 yards."
By: Larry Archer From OK
American Pit Bull Terrier. Family pet. Works with our dog out to about 100 yards. I think beyond that the background noise from a highway distracts the dog. Also our dog is barely 2 years old and I think she ignores the whistle when she is on the trail of some critter. I think I may need to get a training collar to increase the distance for alerting the dog.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 19296 Reviewed: 2015-03-10
"All I can say is IT'S GREAT!"
By: Albert Wright From WV
Family pet. All I can say is IT'S GREAT!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 19257 Reviewed: 2015-03-09
"It is an amazing product. I love it!!"
By: Crystal Halpin From NV
Family pet. It is an amazing product. I love it!! Used it for my hound. Works amazing!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 19598 Reviewed: 2015-03-20
"Made of good quality materials."
By: Patrick From IN
Owns 4 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Made of good quality materials. The chain feels solid. The adjustable pitch is very easy to change. It always gets the attention of my dogs, and they were quick to realize what it meant.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 19976 Reviewed: 2015-04-07
"It works great!"
By: Hank Drozdik From CA
Family pet. I had a little problem removing the cover on the whistle, but now have the little problem solved. It works great! Thanks
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 21518 Reviewed: 2015-06-11
"I'm still at the very beginning of training with it. Puppy is not quite 16 weeks yet. He is blind, though, and I feel this will be an excellent training tool, especially when there is a great deal of peripheral noise that is confusing to him."
By: Patricia Purmort From FL
I'm still at the very beginning of training with it. Puppy is not quite 16 weeks yet. He is blind, though, and I feel this will be an excellent training tool, especially when there is a great deal of peripheral noise that is confusing to him.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 21410 Reviewed: 2015-06-06
"Much more solid construction than others I've looked at."
By: Ronald Helms
Family pet. Much more solid construction than others I've looked at. Easy to blow. Adjustable frequency. And, best of all, my dog responds from at least 100 yards away.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 23036 Reviewed: 2015-08-21
Customer Review #31150
By: Chris Morris From MD
Hunts. Family pet. My Dog responds perfectly to this whistle. I am happy with it. This my third replacement. I am having this one engraved so if found, it can be returned.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 31150 Reviewed: 2016-08-14
Customer Review #30693
By: Kristine Smith
Owns 5 dogs. Family pet. Very pleased with both whistles I ordered. Would recommend them.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 30693 Reviewed: 2016-07-18
"Great whistle of a very high quality."
By: Philip Olson From MN
Beagle. Hunts. Family pet. Competes. Great whistle of a very high quality.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 4514 Reviewed: 2013-10-29
"I have ordered 4 already and plan on ordering 5 more this time. Best product ever."
By: John Kirby
Competes. How about a break on the Acme. I have ordered 4 already and plan on ordering 5 more this time. Best product ever. I have been using it in working with my SAR Malinois!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 6128 Reviewed: 2013-12-03
"Use it to change direction while hunting with dogs. Reduces unnecessary noise when bird hunting."
By: Robert Wendling From NC
Hunts. Was easy to train dogs to whistle. Use it to change direction while hunting with dogs. Reduces unnecessary noise when bird hunting.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5795 Reviewed: 2013-11-26
"Excellent. It works very well."
By: Ismael Rivera From CA
Family pet. Excellent. It works very well. The dog pays attention. When I bought it I had a second thought, but today that I have it works. Thank you
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 7138 Reviewed: 2014-01-06
"It really gets the attention of my two Labs who are "selectively deaf" to a conventional whistle much of the time."
By: William Miller From MO
Family pet. I'm not sure there is a need for the cover piece which is attached by chain. It does get in the way at times. The entire assembly is beautifully finished. It really gets the attention of my two Labs who are "selectively deaf" to a conventional whistle much of the time.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 7008 Reviewed: 2014-01-03
By: CHESLEY I SWANN III From TX
Owns 2 dogs. Family pet. Really works.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 8619 Reviewed: 2014-02-27
"The whistle is great for getting her attention; she is already learning to come when she hears it."
By: Dianne Whitworth From AL
Family pet. My 13 yr old Daisy is going deaf. The whistle is great for getting her attention; she is already learning to come when she hears it. You can teach an old dog new tricks.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 7666 Reviewed: 2014-01-26
Customer Review #27488
By: Jason Riley From TX
Very good quality!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 27488 Reviewed: 2016-02-24
By: Pavel Spitsyn
Family pet. Wonderful product! Good quality and effect, as expected.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 10185 Reviewed: 2014-04-25
Customer Review #29491
By: Oldsnake From WI
Owns 11 dogs. Family pet. The whistle works wonderfully well, but the secret is Steve's instruction for training dog and owner how to use it. It is not magic but if you do what Steve says, it works.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 29491 Reviewed: 2016-05-17
By: TJ From IL
American Eskimo. Owns 2 dogs. Family pet. Am amazed how well it works. It only took two days to train my dogs to come upon whistle command. Highly recommended.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 12301 Reviewed: 2014-07-25
By: Michael Poynter From OK
Competes. Works great. She is now two months and responds well when I pip the whistle. Started with a short leash, and she would come for a treat. Gradually going to work her up to coming to me with no leash at all!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 13476 Reviewed: 2014-09-06
Customer Review #27583
Family pet. In my opinion, this is a well-made, high quality whistle. I use it to call my cat and it stimulates a response better than my voice. I had trouble removing the cap as I have parts of fingers missing on my left hand. I discovered that removing the chain solved the problem. The chain is just a little too short to allow the amount of pressure needed to remove the cap. Getting a lanyard would be a good replacement for the chain. This whistle is by far superior to the one I bought at a large chain store that never worked at all.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 27583 Reviewed: 2016-02-27
"Very effective whistle"
By: Ronnie Ramnath From
Family pet. Very effective whistle. I mean your dog will ALWAYS respond to it every time you use it. I thought it was over rated, but was I wrong. Just get one, and you'll see.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 12796 Reviewed: 2014-08-12
"Very good whistle!"
By: Frank Rivers From TX
Shiba Inu/Minature Schnauzer. Owns 2 dogs. Family pet. Very good whistle! Worth the money. Can't find anything better.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 14316 Reviewed: 2014-10-07
"It is the best"
By: Nell Anderson From TX
Owns 11 dogs. Family pet. It is the best.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 14668 Reviewed: 2014-10-19
Customer Review #25152
By: Brock Bailey From BC
Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Seems to work well with the dogs. Took some extra training with them to respond consistently. Don't like the small mouthpiece, makes it hard to hold in your mouth and blow when you are working with the dogs. It takes some getting used to to make it work. I use it in the field to make my dogs quarter in front.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 25152 Reviewed: 2015-11-30
Customer Review #28705
By: Michael McDonald From TX
Family pet. Just got it. Still a work in progress. A puppy, she responds most of the time, till distracted.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 28705 Reviewed: 2016-04-09
"I had used just a regular whistle, but needed something that didn't hurt my ears and had more distance."
By: Sally Lane From OK
Owns 2 dogs. Family pet. I had used just a regular whistle, but needed something that didn't hurt my ears and had more distance. The dogs are responding to the silent whistle after some training.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 18882 Reviewed: 2015-02-23
"Works well in training."
By: Patricia Loncto From MA
Owns 13 dogs. Works well in training. Still need to try under actual working conditions.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 15109 Reviewed: 2014-11-02
"My dog responds to it very well"
By: ROBERT ULLMANN From NJ
Family pet. A work in progress. My dog responds to it very well, unless she is significantly preoccupied. Then continual blasts usually get her attention. I totally like the way it is designed and crafted. Will see next winter when my lips are cold if I can pucker up enough to make it work.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 10671 Reviewed: 2014-05-08
"I thought this would be nice so that I would not bother people around me, but so far the GSP does not respond to this for a recall."
By: Carroll From CA
Owns 2 dogs. Family pet. I thought this would be nice so that I would not bother people around me, but so far the GSP does not respond to this for a recall. I may not have it adjusted right. I used the 3rd place for distance. I also have the Acme Tornado 635, and the dog does respond to this if not to far away. However, Steve's pick, the small Thunderer works the best.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 18152 Reviewed: 2015-01-28
Customer Review #25830
By: Stephen Signorile From NJ
Hunts. Hard to hunt with.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 25830 Reviewed: 2015-12-25
Customer Review #26475
Owns 20 dogs. Hunts. I can't seem to get my dogs to hear it! Information on web site said that a person could only hear air passing through the whistle. However, once I tightened the screw to set the whistle for long distance and tone, it began to have a high pitch whistle, but the dogs don't seem to hear it. I will keep trying to get them to respond to this silent whistle.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 26475 Reviewed: 2016-01-14
"Works well and seems to have good range."
By: Simon From CA
Hunts. Family pet. Works well and seems to have good range. The only negatives are the shiny finish and the adjustment has a mind of its own, so you constantly have to check it.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 13058 Reviewed: 2014-08-22
"It doesn't disturb the neighbors, and my pup definitely hears it."
By: Nate From MD
Hunts. Pros: It doesn't make my ears ring like my old Roy Gonia. It doesn't disturb the neighbors, and my pup definitely hears it. I keep it set on the lowest frequency, so I can still hear it when I give sloppy commands.
Cons: Whistle is very narrow and heavy for its size, so it is difficult to hold between my teeth for extended periods. This is problematic since I never take it out of my mouth during a training session. I detached the cover because it was in the way; served little function and added a lot of weight. I also slid two layers of surgical tubing over the mouthpiece. This increased the diameter which made it easier to hold, but the mouthpiece is still very short, and my lower lip has a tendency to block the air slot on top if the mouthpiece rotates in my mouth. This muddies up my commands. Due to the round shape it is difficult to keep the air slot on top.
Conclusion: It performs as advertised, but the ergonomics are problematic for my purposes. I'd be better off with a quiet, single tone like the Acme Sonec.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 6186 Reviewed: 2013-12-04
Customer Review #17443
By: Linda Griffin From LA
Family pet. It did not work for silencing a barking dog next door. I thought I had read the comments online that it would be effective for this purpose. I received a response from your company that it is not for that. I don't have any of my paperwork to return it, so it's really of no use to me. Sincerely, Linda Griffin
Product Rating: 2 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 17443 Reviewed: 2015-01-06
Customer Review #16312
By: Donald Mehan From MO
English Setter. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Hasn't worked yet.
Product Rating: 2 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 16312 Reviewed: 2014-12-05
Customer Review #2876
By: Doug Forsythe
Portuguese Water dog. Hunts. Could never keep the proper adjustment for my dog to hear it consistently. Also, the ring pulled out in the brush and I lost it.
The Acme 211 1/4 works great, but I desire a silent whistle.
Product Rating: 2 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2876 Reviewed: 2011-10-13
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Video of Acme Silent Dog Whistle - #535
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When you blow the Silent Dog Whistle from Acme, you can hear the air going through the whistle yourself, but other than that it is practically inaudible to most humans. The pitch is adjustable and instructions on training a dog with it are included.
This is the improved, high-quality modern version of the original Acme Silent Dog Whistle invented in 1935. According to the manufacturer, this silent dog training whistle is effective up to 2 miles depending on the wind, weather, terrain etc.
The ACME "Silent" Dog Whistle is precision engineered to produce a range of fundamental frequencies between 5,400 Hz and 12,800 Hz. Although at this level the whistle is insignificant to human hearing, a dog, whose ears are far more sensitive to high frequencies, will instantly become more alert to the sound of this whistle than to any other, even one of louder and lower pitch.
This whistle is effective up to two miles, subject to weather conditions, and the abilities of the dog and trainer.
Determination of Note:
Always use the same note for the same command.
Screws in to raise and out to lower the frequency.
Tighten to lock selected frequency.
It is recommended that graduation #2 be used for close work, and #3 and #4 for distance.
How to Commence:
Keep your commands as short and simple as possible. Dogs' hearing is of a very wonderful nature, so much that they can hear sounds quite inaudible to the human ear. Their sense of smell is also particularly keen and acute, and the most vital of their senses. It is also believed that they can reason, although this is not recognized in a general way, and more attention is being given now to this important subject than ever before. In the following instructions, where the human voice is mentioned, the silent whistle, with a predetermined pitch already set, can be substituted for the verbal command. Your dog will readily distinguish between long, short and multiple whistle commands. This will be particularly appropriate when working over distance.
Commence training the dog not later than six months of age –- five months is a good time to start. They are full of pep and vigor then and with just that frolic of energetic puppyhood which makes training them so interesting. The following words of command fully explain themselves and should be used when training your companion: Sit, or Sit Down, Come, Come Here, Lie, Lie Down, Heel, Heel Up, Seek, Go Back, Go Round, Stop, Car, Danger, Don't Go, Fetch. Always use identically the same word or words for a given command – this is important as it is less confusing to the dog.
The Three Axioms:
The three axioms in training are kindness, perseverance, and patience. Make it a steadfast rule never to lose your temper –- endeavor to keep in mind that the dog must first understand in his own mind what it is that you require of him before he can begin to accomplish it. Do not hurry his lessons, complete one lesson before commencing another, and never beat or thrash him. Endeavor to get him to have implicit faith and trust in you; on no occasion forget to reward him for obedience. Show him by example and repetition what you require of him, and after he understands one or two lessons, he will quickly respond to succeeding ones, and then your worst trouble will be over.
Sit (Sit Down):
Press the dog's haunches into a sitting position, using the word Sit and move backward a few paces. If he rises put him back to his original position, and reward him with a tit-bit when he sits a short time. Gradually increase the time of sitting until he becomes obedient to the command.
Come (Come Here):
Give the command Come and reward him. Repeat until he becomes proficient. This is one of the easiest lessons to teach him.
Lie (Lie Down):
Press the dog gently but firmly into a prone position, making sure that his forepaws are drawn outwards, and at the same time using the word Down, withdraw the hands, and if he endeavours to rise up repeat the operation, continually using the word Down until he remains, then reward him and use such words as Good Dog, Clever Dog. Do not continue this lesson too long to commence with, and never longer than fifteen minutes. Puppies tire quickly without variety.
Heel (Heel Up):
Firstly keep a few tit-bits in your left hand jacket pocket. Call the dog by his name or use one blast of a whistle or both -– the call and then the whistle immediately after. Reward him on your left-hand side with your left hand, the idea being to have him at your left heel, thus leaving your right hand free. Never on any occasion thrash the dog for disobeying this command, otherwise he will associate the thrashing with coming to heel.
Procure a hard rubber ball of a size suitable for the dog to carry and throw it out a short distance into growing grass where the ball will be hidden. Keep the dog by your side until you give the command Seek. Allow the dog to nose about for the ball, but don't move from your position yourself. Shortly the dog will find the ball which he will immediately start to play with or carry to his kennel. Now you must give the command to Come and gently take the ball from him. Never permit him to go off with the ball, but to deliver it into your hand without dropping it. The first time he does this reward him well. Further, he must not be allowed to seek for the ball until you give him the command to do so. When he has become an expert at seeking, order him to Sit and hide the ball a short distance away (never allow him to leave his position) and give him the command to Seek. Should he appear at a loss to understand what is required, proceed to look for the ball yourself, using the word Seek occasionally. After a few lessons, he will quickly deduce what you desire of him. When teaching this lesson do not use sticks or hard substances, as these invariably result in making the dog hard-mouthed, a condition carefully to be avoided. Never allow the dog to go after or carry stones if you wish him to have good teeth.
Secure the dog's attention by showing him the ball and place it where he can see it; walk away from it, with the dog at your heel, say a distance of fifteen yards; stop and face the way you came using the command Go Back. At first, he will fail to understand the order, so commence to go back slowly yourself always speaking the words Go Back. When you arrive at the place where you left the ball, pick it up and show it to the dog, replace it and again walk forward. Repeat until the dog goes back by himself to where the ball lies, allow him to bring the ball to you and reward him well. After he has learned this lesson thoroughly, the same procedure may be taught him to Go Round, the only difference being that he goes round in a half-circle, now of the right and now on the left.
This next lesson requires a check cord: Throw the ball out and thereafter give the word to Seek. As he goes off, and when about half-way to the object, give the command Stop in a sharp and firm voice -– halting him at that distance by means of the check cord; then order him to Lie Down, retrieve the ball yourself, and repeat the procedure until the dog stops at the word of command. This lesson requires considerable repetition and frequent rewards.
Toss the ball a short distance keeping the dog at your side until you give the command Fetch, Fetch It. Do not leave your position, but have the dog bring the ball right up to your hand. When he does so reward him well. (See lesson explaining Seek).
Have the dog accompany you for a walk along a road where vehicles pass not too frequently, keeping him at your left heel. If he attempts to run after a car stop him abruptly by means of the checkcord, using the word Danger. Repeat until he keeps by your side without checking.
This is a very useful command, and a lesson generally learned without difficulty. Have a friend call the dog to him, and as he starts to walk or run towards him, give the command Don't Go, giving him a tit-bit. Should the dog persist in going towards the friend, bring him back to his original position, and repeat the lesson until the dog refuses to move from your side, notwithstanding frequent coaxing and tempting.
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