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AST month, we discussed the benefits
of using a whistle and just how you can
get started on the road to superior dog
training and stock work by using a whistle.
If you've got your whistle and learnt to play
a common song or two, you are on your way
to training yourself on using whistle tones
instead of your voice.
Design your whistle tone
The first thing we need to do
is to design whistle tones to
replace your commonly used
voice tones. You will need a
whistle tone for each of the fol-
lowing commands -- Here, stop,
The quiet-voice reward of 'Andy,
that'll do' will always be a voice
tone. It is the soft tone I so
often talk about, and can be used to say
lot of things to your dog including 'you
done well', 'that's what I want' and 'we've
ished work now mate'.
This is how I look at designing a w
tone to replace my voice.
Listen to your voice
I listen very carefully to how I actually say
the command, then work out if the word has
a high-low sound, a low-high sound or a
For example, take the word for
clockwise which is 'behind'.
Listen carefully and you'll hear
that the 'bee' part of the word
sounds as if the voice is going up.
The 'hind' part of the word
sounds as if it's going down.
That's probably what the dog
tone. Make sure you join them together. Don t
make two whistles out of it -- the dog hears the
very first sound and will not be interested in
the second whistle.
Getting the right mindset
I've found that teaching people to get the
right mindset is very hard.
To convert yourself to using your whistle
instead of your voice has huge advantages but
when your dog moves the wrong way, or you
are under stress during stock work, out comes
the voice and generally in the way of a shout -
and we all know that achieves nothing!
So, how do you avoid all that stress and get
Voice, then whistle
Of course, you say absolutely nothing on
your balance work but, when your dog, lets
call him Andy, has had a minute or so doing
balance work, ask him to 'stop' and follow that
with your 'stop whistle' immediately.
As soon as he's 'clapped', you give him the
voice command for 'over' and immediately fol-
low that with the 'over' whistle tone.
Repeat it two or three times as he goes
around you. In other words, 'voice then whis-
tle -- voice then whistle'.
When he gets back to 12 o'clock, ask him to
stop and immediately follow that with your
You are now ready to go the other way. So
say, 'Andy, behind' and immediately follow that
with your 'behind whistle tone'.
Time for whistle only?
As you go a little further in your training,
you can experiment with using the whistle
tone first. If Andy reacts, and the reaction is
correct, repeat the whistle only as he goes
If he gets it wrong, quietly ask him to stop --
followed by your stop whistle -- and then use
the 'voice then whistle' sequence.
A little later, experiment again. Eventually,
it's going to click, and you'll be able to use the
whistle for every command.
Finish each training session by saying softly
-- 'Andy, that'll do boy' and then whistle 'here'
and walk out of the round yard.
Once you have left the yard, give him a pat
and a cuddle.
Next month: From the round yard to the
paddock -- making the transition.
• Need to know more?
Commands get unique feel
Increase your mental discipline
Remember to finish well
Replace voice with whistles
You can start using whistles when the dogs are very young.
ALEXANDRINA Council has given its submission
on the proposed Basin Plan to the Murray
Darling Basin Authority, with Mayor Kym
McHugh saying the region is proud of the
Alexandrina community's commitment to the
Murray Darling Basin as evidenced by its long
journey advocating on behalf of the River
Murray, Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray
"This is a historic moment for the Alexandrina
community, who will hold in high regard a Basin
Plan that recognises the importance of the
Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth by
embedding locality-specific targets to protect
the delicate inter-relationship of salinity, water
levels and Basin connectivity," he said.
The Alexandrina Council Submission also
seeks certainty in water security for social, envi-
ronmental and economic needs, equity for com-
munities who have worked hard to respect the
system and embodies respect for traditional
owners, including the Ngarrindjeri people.
Alexandrina council's submission is available
at http://www.alexandrina.sa.gov.au and at
Council offices. Requests for hard copies can be
made -- standard photocopying fees apply.
Goolwa traces past
During the month of May, the historic river
port of Goolwa will celebrate its heritage with a
series of events which give visitors and resi-
dents the chance to explore its buildings and
discover some of its secrets.
This includes a Wrecks and River boat cycling
tour, a Beatles night, tours of the Australasian, a
Ghost Tour of Goolwa, Mundoo Island tours,
Graze Around Goolwa gastronomic tour, pro-
jects for primary school students, Picnic in the
Park and the Living Legends of Goolwa History
Showcase wine tasting
Don't miss the opportunity to taste up to 120
Langhorne Creek wines and chat to local identi-
ties when the region hosts the annual
Langhorne Creek Winemakers Showcase from
11am to 4pm on May 6.
An independent panel of judges are given the
task of tasting the entries and selecting the top
wine in each class. The showcase tasting will
highlight the quality and diverse range of wines
being produced in the region and give con-
sumers the rare opportunity to tast all of them
in one location.
Langhorne Creek gets rocking
Langhorne Creek Live will get 'Rockin with
Reds' on Saturday, May 1.
This annual black-tie dinner event boasts pre-
mium wines from the region, gourmet food and
entertainment by the renowned Andy Seymour
and his Rockin' Big Band.
Mr Seymour will present high-energy swing,
soul and rock 'n roll. He is big on the US televi-
sion circuit, hosting his own show as a singing
Rock 'n Roll chef which is aired to 40 million
Bookings are essential.
Tickets cost $110 and can be booked on 08
with BEN PAGE,
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