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I use a Montana Sheep dog mouth whistle. You can vary the pitch and sound. Border Collie people use them to control their dogs far out on a run. Watch a sheep dog trial and learn!

You cannot use a whistle in many other competitive venues.

When I was working a dog on cattle while out on the horse the whistle was far more useful controlling the dog than voice. When things come apart working livestock your voice changes pitch and it can effect how the dig works. The whistle did not do that (took your emotion out of the direction). In those days I whistled (no mechanical whistle). I will do that to this day if I don't have the mouth whistle with me.
 

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FWIW here is what I mean by a Sheep herding whistle or Shepherd's whistle.

What it is:

Here is a video on the basics of how it works. Come By, Away to me, Lie Down, Walk up.....

And why for using a whistle:
 
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