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Old 08-22-2007, 08:18 PM  
Making a Flirtpole
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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).
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Ill have to give it a shot. Bella wasnt too interested in a spring pole (I hope my pups are different) so hopefully she will like this.
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If I am not playing with the adult dogs toys they will not play with anything on their own. I have to get them playing and running around or they would just lay around.
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Leather gloves work fantastic too, and are cheaper than hides a lot of time.

I haven't made one yet my dogs are still pretty young.
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when i first read about the flirtpole i thought it would be good for my pups so the nxt day i made jst a small one

i jst grabed a old fishing rode and ripped up a teddy that the pups had already ripped up and jst used that for the bait surface...
they loved it and it was hard cos i had 3 keen pups chasing it but had to put 2 away and just use it on 1 at a time cos they kept running into each other...but yea they aint pure pups they are mixed with 3 bully breeds & 3 Farm breeds they are APBT, SBT & AMSTFF & Huntaway, Border Collie & Blue Heeler..really active pups..lol...i noticed after using it for a week that their speed and jump was improving...
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Old 09-26-2008, 02:13 PM   #20 (permalink)
 
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I made mine this past weekend and Kasha really loves it!!!! What a great idea. I added some rubber gripping like the one they use on tennis rackets for added comfort.
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Went out this morning and picked up everything. I bought a 3/4 inch x 10 foot pvc pipe for $1.89 at Home Depot that I cut down to 7 feet. My rope from an outdoor shop at $0.18 a foot and used an old pillow case for the dogs to chase and they love it. I froze my you know what off outside in the snow but the dogs had a blast running around. Probably be a lot more fun one on one but with 4 dogs chasing it they team up on me easy and always get it right away.

Best $5.00 I ever spent.
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i really have to think which one flirt or spring pole
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i really have to think which one flirt or spring pole
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make ur dog happy =)
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So I followed the instructions and it came out great, thanks! The only problem is my crazy dog won't have anything to do with it. He is actually scared of it. I think he may have been hit with a stick. I am not sure because I rescued him. I want to see if I can get him to play with it to give him some exercise. What about hanging a treat, meat or something on there to get him going???
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I wanted to thank you i built one for $7.50 at home depot
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here is a pic and she loves it!!!!
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Just built mine today. Stuck an old football tug toy at the end. I have 4 dogs and one of them goes nuts for it. He jumped in the air not paying attention to what was in front of him and ran right into the side of the garage. DOHHH!! for some reason my one puppy is scared of it. One only wants to play with it once someone catches it(she lets everyone else do the dirty work, her name is Princess so go figure on that one haha) Hope to put up a spring pole in the next few weeks. Combine that with walks, jogs, bike rides and I should have some in shape and TIRED pitties. A tired pit is a good pit.
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