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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-24-2012, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Question regarding a Flirt Pole

On New Year's Eve, Hondo cut the pad of his paw. He has been on house rest for the last couple of weeks. Slowly I've been increasing his activity back to his normal amount of exercise. This weekend being the first time we've actually went out to the pasture for him to 'run'.

I think due to the lack of exercise, Hondo has developed a strange habit. He jumps up on the trunk of the tree and bites the lowest hanging branch. I saw him do it twice now. He only does it when he is overly excited. Like when I put him in the back yard while I go out to the barn. Or when the barn cats run and play by the back yard.

It is against the rules to bark and scream when we are out back. It is against the rules to bark and scream at the cats. The dogs will get vocal for a moment and then settle quickly. I suspect with his pent up energy (a result of the injury) he had to find a way to release it, thus attacking the tree. I'm confident that with the increase of exercise he will not feel the need to attack the tree.

But watching him release energy on the tree, made me think if he'd enjoy a flirt pole - but utilizing the tree instead of a stick. My thought would be when he feels the need to 'explode' (run up the tree and bite the branch) he might find some release in a tug type device hanging from the tree. Something that I could easily remove when I'm not supervising.

Does anybody have any type of experiance with this? Any suggestions?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-24-2012, 10:03 AM
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A lot of pit bull people use a spring pole or hang a tug toy from a tree like you are saying. It's fairly popular (it is against the law in some areas though).

Like this random image I found on google:

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Springpole! Perfect! I googled everything else! Thanks so much!

Hondo Von Dopplet L Bauernhof "Hondo"- GSD
Lilie's Tug McGraw "Tug" - Golden Retriever
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