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Can I use voice commands when handling my gundog?

Paul Rawlings
Only on unseen retrieves should it be necessary for you to use directional control to get the dog in the area of the fall ? once there, the dog should work on its own initiative to try to locate the retrieve.

Game-finding is paramount, so repetitive or inappropriate voice commands should be avoided.

The quieter you handle your dog, the more credit you will receive from the judges.

A whistle command is far less disturbing and certainly more audible to the dog when it is working at distance, whereas you would need a loud voice to have the same effect ? that would be classed as noisy handling.