What about training them to respond to one of these?
I guess I have to say if your dog can't hear a air blown Fox40 whistle, and your too out of air to blow one, maybe there are other training issue's with the dog and yourself??
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I find the Fox 40 does not project it's sound very well, it sounds loud at the line but does not project well into the field at long distances.
Good Lord, I'm reminded of why I don't post on this forum much anymore. It used to be that you could express an opinion without someone getting negative but rarely these days. I told Marcia it would happen.... No one said that their dog couldn't hear or anything like it. A dog really doesn't hear a whistle or a handler has an infirmity...it doesn't mean that anyone, necessarily, has any training issues! I kept it clean, didn't say what I wanted to say and now I'll sign off, probably for another few months. I know it's only one reply but it's one too many when I have the option of opting out. As far as the Fox goes I don't use one, few people use the whistle I use and that's all I'll say on that topic as I'd hate to be called all sorts of things for having an opinion different than the crowd...adios....oh, what the heck...to some, try stating an opinion without denigrating those who disagree. One of the political parties has already cornered the market on that issue...
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I also had a dog who lost more than half his hearing in an accident, which ended his AKC career. If this electronic thingee had been around then and if it were louder than regular whistles, I'd have given it a try for that dog.
There. Two examples that have nothing to do with training issues. Apply the Golden Rule.
When I was recovering from a horrible case of pneumonia 2 years ago, one of the things that I could not do well was blow a whistle loud enough for the dog to hear it at distance--I just did not have the wind. I ended up getting one of the green monsters but, IMO they take just as much, if not more, lung power to blow than the regular whistles. So I can see where an electronic whistle might help someone with compromised lungs. Sounds like from what Jay Dufour said that the Fox 40 isn't loud enough for what you'd need though. Interesting thread....didn't know electronic whistles even existed.
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