|09-20-2013 08:32 AM|
|09-20-2013 07:03 AM|
If you were going to make your own flirt pole what would be the best length to select? I was thinking maybe of using one of my old heavy salt water rods and cutting the more flexible skinniest part from the end and winding up with a flirt pole of about 6 feet in length. If I have a fairly stout and durable pole that length what would the recommended length of rope be? I figure about 8 or 9 feet should be sufficient and that will give the girls about a 20 foot circle to run in if I go all 360 degrees. Does that sound pretty close to right? And how heavy should the toy on the end of the line be? Is it a function of lighter is better or heavy enough to sort of cast it, or pretty stout to survive serious wear and tear? I see some that look almost like a fox tail, but it is hard to judge the weight from a not so great picture on Amazon or some other site. Also it is very hard to get a good take on the length of the pole and the rope from those pics too. Now that I have two dogs to wear out I need to look into a toy or training device that will work pretty quickly on each one so they both get adequate stimulation and exercise. They do run and romp quite a bit and play continuously together too. TIA for any suggestions and tips.
|09-18-2013 02:55 PM|
If I think logically though most toys and activities we play with our dogs have some element of the prey drive right? (Fetch is chase, tug is bite, my dogs death shake stuffies, etc) That's probably why they are interested in playing these games with us.
Although if I can teach him to stop on cue while in a part of his sequence.... brilliant! I think Im going to work on the chase part. If I can fiddle and explain to him to stop mid chase with a fast down...oh that will be SO useful!! AND I can tire him out! Thanks everyone this has been very useful information!
|09-18-2013 02:47 PM|
I noticed a major improvement with him not chasing the cats once I starting using the flirt pole, he learned what was appropriate to chase and what wasn't, just like bite inhibition
|09-18-2013 02:41 PM|
Bought my first one a month ago and couldnt be happier!!!
Misha could care less about chasing a ball or anything else. Bought the pole to see if it would increase her drive and HOLY SMOKES!
I like the advice to use it as a tool for patience and obedience.
|09-18-2013 02:11 PM|
|Lilie||I use the flirt pole for all of the reasons already stated - but also have a toy on a long rope for 'mobile' use. If we are out overnight, it comes along.|
|09-18-2013 01:57 PM|
I have a cat, and if anything I think that having an outlet with the flirt pole is helping him with his urge to chase the cat. At least, he's much better able to comply with "leave it" when he's worn out, lol. JMO, anyway.
I like to teach my dogs words, while their doing things. So if he was at the door and I needed him to move to open it, I'd say "back" while he was backing up. And when we were playing with the flirt pole, I'd put it down and let him wait for a bit, then move in front of him to block his view of the toy. He'd move back to see it, and I'd say "back" while he did it. I'm sure there's a better way, lol, but this worked for me
|09-18-2013 01:50 PM|
Oooh, how do you teach him to back up? This never occurred to me! I stay her and walk away from her to give me some room, but teaching her to back up would be even better.
I don't really know whether it makes her prey drive better or worse. I haven't noticed a difference in enthusiasm to chase things which are moving, which has always been high. But I do like that I can reliably get her NOT to chase the flirt, even when I'm running around with it. I'm hoping this will eventually translate to using the same commands not to chase other things as well. But even if it's a problem with prey drive, it would still be worth it to me. The amount of exercise, training and fun we get in a short timeframe is invaluable. But I don't have small dogs or cats, which makes a big difference.
|09-18-2013 01:46 PM|
Great thread. I have been SO JEALOUS of everyone who uses a flirt pole to help exercise their pups, but have been reluctant to do myself. My fear is this will "build" and reinforce his prey drive....but if I'm understanding correctly what y'all are saying, it is also a way to train to develop a control of his natural prey drive?? My fear is that I will tap into, build and increase his drive, he will be aggressive toward kitties, our small doggies (10 & 11 Lbs) and recall will be extremely difficult with bunnies, squirrels, etc?? More insight and info would be greatly appreciated on this subject....perhaps an article or training link anyone recommends on flirt poles? Thank you!
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|09-18-2013 01:43 PM|
|Blanketback||I know it's great exercise and perfect for reinforcing "drop it" but I have more fun with it than my dog does, lol! I taught him "back" and he gets so intense with this it makes me laugh. I had to teach him to back away from it so I could have enough room to swing it without him able to grab it immediately. He jumps his body back in frog-like hops, lol. And I also let him prance around in circles with his win. We play this several times a day, and my problem is more about working around his feeding schedule than anything else. And the lawn...poor lawn. LOL!|
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