Top Paw Silent Dog Whistle
This whistle works great! I had to learn how to take the whistle from its case it came in. I ordered the large whistle which has a lanyard. At first, I did not know where the whistle was, what part to whistle through or how to adjust it. I was careful because I did not want to break some thing. I unscrewed the one side that exposes the part of the whistle that can be adjusted to different pitches. The other side, however, was still connected to the lanyard and I could not find the mouth piece. Finally, I decided to pull on the other side and it slid right off, exposing the mouth piece for which to whistle. Everything else is self explanatory after exposing the whistle. You put the whistle in your mouth and the other end has a little knob that screws up tight to the whistle or down to create various pitches. Adjust it with your dogs help, they will let you know immediately. It states on the package to wait until your dog is asleep to try it out, but I did not have to do this in order to find that it works great! I read all the negative reviews and it definitely made me a little skeptical; but I am glad I made this purchase. I ordered two!
I think one of the main reasons for the bad reviews are from folks not knowing how to get to the whistle to actually use it. One chained end slides off with a little tug to expose the mouth piece and the other chained end unscrews to expose the end of the whistle that is adjustable for various pitches.
October 7, 2014
Take time to understand this product
I totally understand the bad reviews and was just about to return my whistle as well, until I took the time to mess with it a little. I'd suggest the fault lays with the manufacturer's packaging, which doesn't do anything to explain this wonderful little product, one I've found to be effective and a great value. (For instance, I've successfully used it to train OTHER dogs in my neighborhood to stop their nuisance barking.)
Key to having the same experience I've had may be understanding how to adjust what is an extremely simple and elegant mechanism.
First, note that there are two "knurled" rings, one in the middle and one on the end by the keyring – opposite the little moon-shaped hole that you blow into.
The one in the middle doesn't rotate and is only a "grip." But the one on the end might be considered a "locking ring" that you use to lock down the adjustment you've made. Here's how:
1) With the blow-hole toward you, and holding the whistle by the middle ring, grasp both the keyring and the knurled ring and rotate them clockwise to loosen the bottom part of the whistle.
2) Now hold the FAR knurled ring instead, the one closer to the keyring, and note that the keyring rotates freely. If you blow into the whistle while rotating the keyring you'll change the pitch of the whistle. I adjusted the sound on mine to just below the point where it was audible to me (since as we all know, dog's can hear pitches we can't).
3) Returning your grip to that described in No.1 above, rotate the bottom knurled ring AND the keyring together til they're tight. This locks the pitch of the whistle to the setting you selected in No.2.
The commenter who wrote that the whistle fell apart probably didn't realize that the knurled ring that's adjustable wasn't tightened down to keep the end with the keyring – a simple threaded screw – from falling out. Tightening that knurled ring (the one closer to the keyring) will keep that from happening, but you just have to set the pitch of the whistle to where you want it before you do so.
June 27, 2014
This product is a joke. I was only able to use a couple times cause the next time I went to blow it was GONE. I had it attached to a lanyard along with the remote to my dog training collars and when I reached for it to blow, I saw that the entire whistle fell apart. Only thing left was the metal pole and top screw. I should of heeded to the bad reviews I read on this product but choose to lean toward the good ones and try it. Guess you DO get what you pay for cause I didn't spend alotta $$ on it. Don't waste yours. You WILL be disappointed!!!
December 4, 2013
STOPS THE BARKING.
THE WHISTLE IS MADE OF METAL AND SEEMS TO BE STURDY. IT IS EASY TO USE AND MAKES A NOISE THAT IS NOT OFFENSIVE
November 12, 2013