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Using a whistle when the dog is already coming back


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I've watched quite a few videos of dog's being sent for a retrieve and even though the dog is coming back there is a lot of recall whistle. As the dog is already returning what's the point, I have the whistle ready incase the dog veers off in a different direction or something distracts it otherwise I can't understand why. 

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I think that people get into a habit, they do it before the dog knows properly, do it to try and speed the dog up when young etc, then end up doing it hundreds / thousands of times and it becomes habit. 

If you asked them “why are you blowing the recall when the dogs already on the way back?” I bet they’d scratch their head or wouldn’t even consider they were doing it. 

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