My dogs Zazou and Lulu Schmoo come when I call them for the most part, but occasionally they will sniff out something or someone that is much more interesting than me and totally ignore my requests to return to home base. They merely need to sniff out a wild rabbit running through our yard (which they will never catch) or the scent of a discarded half eaten Big Mac off the side of the road and my whistles and claps are all but ignored.
Do You Hear What I Hear? Enter The Dog Whistler App
Does your dog also periodically ignore you and your commands? Do you have an iPhone? If so, you can now take better control of your pooch and possibly teach your dog new tricks with the Dog Whistler App by Mobeezio. A completely free download from the Apple iPhone App Store, and rated one of the Top Ten Free Applications, the easy to use App mimics the sound of a dog whistle as you press the whistle picture on your screen. With four different presets, the sound range is adjustable from 800HZ to 2200HZ, and you can even create your own preset whistles.
I tried the Dog Whistler out on a range of dogs in different locations and some responded immediately while others were less impressed and/or slower on the uptake. Two of my test subjects responded quite unexpectedly, leading to the discovery of an entirely new application for the Dog Whistler. You can download the Dog Whistler for free at the Apple iPhone App Store.
Have you tried the Dog Whistler on your dog? If so, share your own experience and comments below!
ps. A note on dog whistles
According to trainers who use dog whistles, a dog whistle is best used with varying sequences to train your dog. For example, one long burst can mean "come," while a series of short, staccato bursts might mean "sit." Keep your whistle commands consistent and your dog will always know what you expect of him or her. For more information on dog training and behavior tips and techniques, visit the Animal Planet Basic Training Dog Guide.
Article and video reprint courtesy of The Daily Treat at Animalplanet.com