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Old 08-22-2007, 08:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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Old 08-22-2007, 08:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i'm liken this . I tell you thats a good looking dog .

how often do you let your dogs catch it ?

I let my dogs catch ours once in about every three to five min..
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Old 08-22-2007, 09:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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i'm liken this . I tell you thats a good looking dog .

how often do you let your dogs catch it ?

I let my dogs catch ours once in about every three to five min..
I don't really need to "let" them. They'll out-manuvere me and catch it quickly

And thanks for the good word about my pup. He's definately a great dog
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Old 04-12-2008, 04:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
 

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nice post GSDBulldog
my dog goes crazy with the flirt pole
i think that its a very good activitie for dogs (and cats)
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Old 05-02-2008, 12:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
 
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sweetnes, im a try that when i get home.
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Old 05-02-2008, 01:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
 

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i have one.... dogs love it! they also love the spring poles i put out back
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Old 05-10-2008, 01:59 AM   #7 (permalink)
 

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like the idea

my arms get real tired pulling backwards and fowards on a hang rope, so this is soething i am putting on my first thing in the morning at the park for my dog's workout. peace. p.s. how high can he or she jump?
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I'm really liking this idea, definitely going to try this, great post!!!!
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Old 07-02-2008, 12:00 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm really liking this idea, definitely going to try this, great post!!!!
Oh, it's so easy! I put mine together for three dollars (the guy at Home Depot hooked me up with a few extra feet for free). I had to get them into it and they are all ball crazy so I cut holes in a tennis balland used it as a bite pad. They love it, and the girl I expected to ignore the thing turns out to be the one that will jump 5ft for it!!! Great toy, go make one!!!
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I made mine yesterday, and for free!!!! Reason being that I had some leftover pvc pipes from when I installed my sprinkler system in the backyard, lol. I didn't think Smokey would go for it, but man, he really likes it, and the little smarta$$ started anticipating where it was going to go, and was taking a short cut to catch it, hahahahaha.

Thanks alot GSD!!!!
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yours too. i made mine a couple of ddays ago and got the same results but the funny thing is i put a barney doll at the end of mine and.... r.i.p. barney, so now i got a few pillow cases and braided them up and put them at the end and now it works perfect. thx for the suggestion
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I've been on a tight budget for weeks, so I improvised and used a 6ft long limb that the pups ripped out of one of my mother's shrub type trees in the yard. Its about 1" thick at the bottom and gets thinner as it goes out so it didn't last that long before my boy Zeus snapped the stick in half

I just tied a loop at one end of a 3ft piece of rope and slid it onto the small end of the stick, and then tied a little stuffed animal to the other end of the rope. All three of my little lovelys went crazy for it, and to my surprise were rather tired after about 30 minutes of playing with it! Defiantly making a good one like that when I have funds available to do so!
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thx 4 the nfo Bluedog loves it he has a springpole but loves chasing and jumpin
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I use burlap sacks or burlap cloth from Wal Mart, it is $2.00 a yard and when they tear it up. I just make more of them, cheaper than hide but it lasts pretty well and much more durable than cloth, hands down. Never work a dog during the hot parts of the day, to much stress on them, early in the morning or late evenings is the best time during the summer. You don't want to give your dog heat stroke and also never work a dog after you feed. At least wait one hour before you feed them after a workout or walk, and NEVER EVER BEFORE!!! - JUST A TIP.

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