|09-10-2013 11:39 PM|
|WendyM||The flirt pole is the greatest invention I've ever seen. When it's time to put it away, Morgan pines for it. If it's warm outside when you're playing, be sure to break for water. Morgan gets tired and hot and sits down in the shade while we play ... but her eye never leaves the pole and if I let her, she'd run after it again and again no matter how worn out she is. I can get her more exercise in 15 minutes flirting than I can with anything else we do for an hour. And she'll do any command or trick under the sun. It's the one time she's REALLY interested in pleasing me.|
|09-10-2013 11:30 PM|
Made one of these this weekend. The only thing lacking is a toy. I have a ton of those but just need to figure out which he likes best first once he gets here
My little guys were like, huh, you want me to work for my toy when I got 30 of them in that basket over there....LOL
|09-08-2013 07:52 PM|
Once Kaiser has caught the toy I'll let him thrash it for a bit and then I'll tell him to drop it. I do not repeat the command and I pretty much stop being interactive until he drops it.
On the occasions he gets the line instead of the toy, I won't play tug-o-war. I just tell him to drop it. If he doesn't obey I'll just drop the stick and walk away to get a ball instead. That generally gets his attention.
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|09-08-2013 03:05 PM|
|rgrey||How do you get your pups to NOT go up the pole? I cannot keep Griz at the end, he chases the toy and after about 30 seconds starts working his way up the string. If he gets the string it becomes tug of war.|
|09-08-2013 02:47 PM|
I'm a huge advocate of DIY. Mine's lasted years now, through whole litters of pups and adults tugging with all their weight behind it. As long as you've got a decent way to 'out' whomever has your toy (command for the older ones, distracting tidbits for the young'uns) it's an outstanding tool.
I taught jump with the flirt pole, then applied it to an actual jump. Shaped it entirely off-leash and in one or two sessions. I also use it to illicit vocalization from dogs who would not otherwise bark.
|09-08-2013 02:43 PM|
Wow I missed this tool somehow in all the years I have had dogs. Will be making one this afternoon.
PVC - check
Nylon rope - check
Toy - check
Thanks for sharing
|09-08-2013 02:22 PM|
|Blanketback||I love my lunge whip. Wheee! I let my dog run in circles with the toy, and then he gets the "drop it" command. Before I swing it again, he gets a "back" command. This one's tough for him, because he's so worked up, but he does it. He's backed into me so hard at times, I feel like he's broken my leg - gotta be careful, lol!|
|09-08-2013 10:34 AM|
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