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Using whistle to teach "come"

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I have a few questions. I want to use a whistle when outside, to teach "come". I see too many people saying, "come here!, come here!" over and over to their dogs, and I can see that first of all, their tone of voice is always changing, from normal to frustration, and secondly, the command means less when they repeat over and over. So I think I will start with a whistle and see how that goes. Ok, now for the questions.

1) Would you recommend a regular "gym" whistle, or a silent dog whistle?

2) I dog can understand that two commands mean the same thing, right? Example, using a whistle and saying "come" means the same thing. Wouldn't want to have to use a whistle in the house all the time, lol :)

3) I plan to use a clicker for most of the dogs training. WOuld you use the whistle AND clicker when training, or leave the clicker out, for that one part of training? If you would use it, how? Blow whistle, once the dog comes, click and reward?? I am afraid that may cause confusion.
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I got some great advice on line when I was having trouble with Ashleys "come" command. I had started her with hand signals along withthe command  while training, and was using the clap your leg, and saying " Ashley...Come" seemed to work..till she hit her terrible twos.
The new comand when she MUST come "to me" ..and believe me..the voice tone DOES change..she knows I mean business when I tell her that. Don't have a clue why.. she just KNOWS she is to get her butt there NOW from that..but I have heard several people say, they can give their dog "the LOOK" and they respond.
The "come" command is still used, and she is doing great with it, but in an urgent situation ( such as me wanting to go back to bed at 2 in the morning..and she thinks its play ) the "to me" works like a charm!!
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