Silent Dog Whistles – Do they work?
Jack’s hearing has been declining the last year or so – to the point where if he is more than a few feet away, he really only responds to clapping and if more than a few feet, well forget it. I thought I would buy a dog whistle to see if that helped, or if he could hear it better or at a further distance.
Dog whistles are commonly used with sporting or working dogs as a means to get the dogs attention and direct them when they are in the field. They require lots of training along with hand signals to direct the proper behavior from your dog. I’m not going to be taking Jack hunting any time soon…or ever really, I just want him to know when I’m calling him.
A silent dog whistle is the same as a regular dog whistle, just at a higher frequency that only the dog can hear. We wrote about dog’s hearing capabilities before, so we know that dogs hearing is FOUR times better than humans.
First off, the silent dog whistle isn’t really silent, at least the one that I bought – maybe I need a more expensive one, but I wanted a cheap one just to see if it would work at all with Jack. You can adjust the pitch of the whistle and supposedly if you blow into it ‘hard’ it will be silent. Maybe I’m just not enough of a blowhard because I couldn’t make it be totally silent. I could still hear a bit of a whistle.
Secondly, I can’t really tell if Jack hears it or not. He doesn’t seem to respond to it, but I don’t know if it’s not working, or if he just doesn’t hear it. In my opinion, it doesn’t seem to work, but maybe some of you have a different experience – especially those of you with hunting dogs? Am I missing something?