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Old 01-01-2013, 03:24 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I don't use anything on the end either.
So your pup is just chasing the line? I've always put something on the end of mine....either a piece of knotted burlap or a toy. Right now I have a fox tail on the end of it. Karlo loves it, and it is his reward after tracking.
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This one is from TSC. I think it's the same as mine.

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Old 01-01-2013, 03:33 PM   #13 (permalink)
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So your pup is just chasing the line? I've always put something on the end of mine....either a piece of knotted burlap or a toy. Right now I have a fox tail on the end of it. Karlo loves it, and it is his reward after tracking.
I've thought about it, but she is so quick at grabbing just the line, I thought a toy on the end would make it way too easy IDK. Maybe I'll try something small.
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:37 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I'd put a toy on it! Ball on string, wubba or just a knotted rag. The dog does need more than a string, IMO. I usually will play tug with the toy, and then out the dog(make the toy go still 'dead'. Or let the dog prance around and then make movement again with tension on the line. I have the same one from TSC/ think it was around $20?
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Old 01-01-2013, 04:07 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I'm going to try something small and soft. Fox tail, I like this thought. Going to google now....
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Old 01-01-2013, 04:10 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I got mine at a lure coursing event
Here is a fb page that may be of help https://www.facebook.com/FursForLures
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This is the one I got for my dog...she loves it. All of my dogs love it.



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Old 01-02-2013, 02:23 PM   #18 (permalink)
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My dog loves the flirt pole. I use it to burn off energy as well as work on commands like release, sit, stay, etc. It's been really useful now that it's dark by the time I get home and he can't see his ball to find it when playing fetch. He can see the toy on the flirt pole in just a little light, since it never gets out of his sight. It's nice to have this other outlet for his energy in addition to our daily walks.

He chases it until I make a mistake and he catches it. Sometimes I make him release and start over, sometimes I let him gnaw on the toy for a minute, sometimes he will run in circles around me holding the toy while I hold the lunge whip.

I've read here that flirt poles are only for puppies, but my dog loves it and it's a great way to burn off energy and to work on his commands. His toy drive is off the charts and he will do anything if it involves play.
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:38 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I also use a nylon braided horse lunge whip. It works well. I tied a small 'roadkill' style plush toy on the end that looks like a flattened rodent. When Blitz realized it was fake his interest fell off at first, now he will go up to it in storage and "ask" me to play it with him. Prancing around with it after a catch is his favorite part. I just drop it or follow with him. I am careful not to yank or snap it too hard when it's in his jaws, I don't want to hurt his mouth which would defeat the purpose.

The other thing I watch out for is not to change directions too quickly or overdo it, you can really drive the poor dog into the ground going after it.

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I know WD would love to play like this (i used to do this briefly when he was tiny) but I am worried that the quick and sudden movements and the force behind it (85 lbs!) will lead to injuries. What are your experiences with this form of play?
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