What is a flirtpole?
A flirtpole is a great exercise option for your dog, and can be made with items that (for the most part) can be found right in your own house.
It's essentially a cat toy for dogs, with a bite surface which the dog will chase and hope to catch. The idea is to "flirt" the pole around and prevent the dog from catching it, providing a good workout!
Howie, jumping to catch the "bite surface". In this case, a bit of sheepskin.
What you will need:
-1 length of PVC pipe. The actual length can vary, but (typically) it should be between 5 and 8 feet long. The diameter should be between 1/2" & 1 1/2".
-Enough nylon-rope to not only be threaded through the PVC pipe, but to extend 2-3 feet beyond it. Once again, this will depend on the length of PVC pipe you choose.
-2 metal washers, available at a hardware store. (Optional)
-A lightweight, easy-to-grip "bite surface". Hide, jute, burlap, and stuffed-toys all work very well. Even an old pair of jeans can be put to use on the flirtpole.
Putting it together:
1. Run the length of rope through the PVC pipe.
2. Tie a knot at both ends of the rope to prevent it from falling through. Or, if you chose to use washers, fasten the washers to either side of the pole. On one end, you should leave between 2-3 feet of rope exposed. This is where you will tie your bite surface.
3. Attach the bite surface to the rope.
4. Have fun!
It's really quite simple, and the entire thing can be put together for less than $30.
(More pictures coming soon. Hopefully they'll explain it better).