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    Hi everyone,

    I have been working on Jenna's recall and she is great at home and even at the beach most of the time. Yesterday, though, it was very windy and she refused to come back. Not sure whether she was just being naughty (she was running towards another dog) or, because of the direction of the wind and the roar of the ocean she couldn't hear me. (I know it's more likely to be the first ) I've tried using a long line but she just keeps getting tangled. I did put the lead straight back on her and we went home.

    So I was wondering does anyone use a whistle (I don't mean a dog whistle necessarily just a normal one) to call their dogs back. I thought, I could teach that a treat comes after the blow of the whistle and eventually she might come when I blow the whistle. Would be much easier that trying to shout Jenna in an excited come here kind of way. More often than not it comes out as a high pitched squeal as I lose my voice.

    I wish I could do that thing where you put your fingers in your mouth and do a really loud whistle, that would be great but, although my brother tried many times to teach me when I was little, I just could never get the hang of it and ended up with spit all over my fingers
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    I've got a friend who uses a sports whistle to get her dog back. I'd recommend one of the pealess versions like Fox 40. The right one can be heard over 1.5km away by a human on a calm day (scuba divers like them).

    I won't use one for Frosty because I use them for umpiring hockey and it might be confusing if I take Frosty to a hockey game.

    I know someone else that uses a clicker to get her dog back, and bark busters use a chain rattle in a bag - but that's hard to hear I reckon.

    I currently use a very small squeaky toy to get Frosty's attention. And most often, in combinaton with a bit of running - it gets her back, though I wouldn't like to count on it against the wind at the beach. I'd recommend - walking into the wind at the start of your walk - and with it to finish, and that way if your dog is ahead of you they will be able to hear you.

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    When I started reading, I was going to recommend the whistle method ... & then I read your 2nd para.

    I bought a couple of regular sports whistles & they work just fine.

    Start training in a small area. You blow the whistle, the dog comes, you reward. Tara just follows Spirit everywhere, so we trained Spirit & Tara just naturally came with her. Once Spirit worked out what the whistle meant (reward) at home, we went to the park. Rob had 1 whistle & I had the other. We constantly whistled in turns, not letting Spirit get too far away. Gradually we allowed her more distance between calls. We have a very large off lead park & the girls can be quite some distance away at times, so to able to get them in via this method is very effective.

    We always have the girls within sight & as we go to the park very, very early to avoid possible altercations, we rarely come across other dogs at the park.

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    Thanks guys,

    I'll give the whistle idea a try then. I had thought of using a squeaky toy but was a bit concerned all the dogs in the area might come and want to 'play'
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    I would be concerned that you are letting her off when she isnt yet ready. There is too much stimulus for her to handle. Step it back and go to where her recall is reliable and work from there

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    When George was a little younger, I found he was fine with recall.... until there was another dog that we was interested in playing with in which case he completely ignored me!

    What I have found invaluable to his training has been taking him to a fully fenced in dog park. There I can work on recall when there are usually about 20 dogs to play with! Every time he comes back he gets a treat and now we've got them to the point where he will stop playing and run back to me as soon as I call him

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    Tkay,

    I do have that problem with the squeaky toy.

    Four dogs all lined up in a row, and no Frosty. Same thing with treats. Lots of other dogs and no Frosty. She doesn't even get jealous and show up if I go as far as feeding the other dogs (with owners' permission).

    I'm thinking about getting a proper dog whistle though I've not seen any in the shops. Bagpipes also work but they have similar effect to squeaky toy crossed with emergency sirens and they're a bit cumbersome to carry around. Plus I can imagine Frosty joining in Pageant day or the Anzac parade. Not the best look.

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    Hi Tkay,

    I'm afraid I agree with the comments Occy has made. I notice that you stated Jenna is good 'most of the time.'

    I'd backtrack to the recall training, and until she is returning to you immediately ALL the time, I wouldn't be letting her off the leash at the beach.

    BTW, your Jenna is beautiful!

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    Occy and Devil's advocate,

    I hear what you're saying but i just wasn't sure how much the noise/wind was a factor, whether she was ignoring me or just couldn't hear me. That's why I mentioned the whistle.

    I have gone a bought one today so I will start training with that and see how we go.
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    Good luck with the whistle. Like you, I can't whistle whatsoever. Neither can my boys. (sigh) Hubby can (grouch) but that's of no use to me!
    Let me know how you go with the whistle training, please, as I'm quite interested in that.

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