To make life easier, “they” have developed whistles for handlers who herd. Herd sheep, cows, chickens, geese, fish, children, balls, etc. Anyone who plans to herd with their dog should try one of these. They give a very sharp, clear and crisp whistle that can be heard miles and miles away. You can get whistles made of plastic and of brass and other metals. The brass whistles give a crisper whistle but are cold to put in your mouth in the winter. So far, I haven’t heard of anyone’s whistle sticking to their lips and I hope it stays that way.
In our herding class that begins in September, we will learn how to put whistles to our commands.