Here's what readers often ask about when they're training their dogs

Dog training with a whistle

Q: How hard should I blow my gundog whistle?

A: How you blow the stop whistle really depends on the type that you use. Most whistles are numbered from 210  to 211.5 I prefer the latter for both my Labradors and spaniels.

Regardless of breed I always use two pips and a hand signal to turn a gundog and one short blast to stop. For ‘normal’ commands I blow very lightly – almost breathing on it, as the saying goes.

To stop a chase situation I would suggest blowing slightly harder to get the command across, and understood. Remember that a dog’s hearing is probably ten times more acute than our own so you don’t have to blow hard on the whistle to get its attention.

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  7. 7. Q: I will soon be training my first Labrador gundog. What sort of whistle should I use, as I am considering using the silent type.
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