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The Flirtpole

Discussion in 'Products & Equipment' started by Vicki, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    Construction: No need to try and buy a flirtpole - it is easy enough to build your own. You will need:
    • A "longe" whip from the local farm store. The longer the better. A piece of jute, burlap, a sock or a rabbit hide.
    Tie your "bait" to the end of the whip. Make sure you have no metal or other hard objects anywhere near where the dog will be biting.

    Here the rabbit skin is tied to the end of the whip.

    Use: The flirtpole is excellent for tiring out your dog when you don't have a lot of time or space. Say, when traveling, and you want to let her her yah yahs out before you bed down for the night. A relatively small grass or dirt area + one flirtpole = one happy, tired dog.

    As part of a daily exercise program, the flirtpole lets the dog twist and turn and work on eye/mouth coordination good for Frisbee, springpole, schutzhund and ring sport. IMPORTANT: Letting an out of shape, stuck-in-a-shipping-crate-all-day or stuck-on-a-chain-all-the-time dog have a go at a flirtpole is a good way to blow a knee or tear ligaments. Use common sense when working your dog.

    Remember that dogs love to chase... don't swish the bait AT the dog, but away from the dog. If your bulldog has no desire to chase, try a different bait. Try tying the dog up and having it watch other dogs. Or realize that your dog may have low prey drive and get over it; but DON'T think that hitting the dog in a teasing manner, or flipping it in their face will make them want to chase or bite at it - it will have the opposite effect.

    Remember to always put your dog away WANTING MORE! If you over do it, they will not be as thrilled to work it the next time.

    Repair: In order to be long and light, flirtpoles are flimsy by nature. They are going to break. That is why I advocate buying cheap longe whips. You can reduce wear and tear on your flirtpole by primarily using it to keep the bait away from the dog - in other words, not as a tug-toy. When the dog catches the bait, go with the dog, and don't pull against them too much. When working puppies, obviously you can pull a bit, in fact you want to, but with adult dogs, you will soon snap the pole. One trick: keep the pole angled straight at the dog when they have the bait, don't play them like a fish.


    With Permission From: The Workingpitbull.com

    **Hides are available for sale from PBC members Boogieman and Stillwater. Just drop them a pm!**
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  2. Jelet

    Jelet Banned

    Yep. Its as simple as that. And even more simpler version for a flirt pole.....

    Broom stick with handle at end.
    Shoe laces(from old shoes perhaps or just a peice of string/rope)
    A toy/lure object/hide~

    Tie a knot on the end of the broom stick handle with the shoe lace or string
    Take the end of the string or shoe lace and tie it to the toy you want the dog to chase..

    And wha laaaaaaaaa

    Pictures, if your still confused on my flirt pole setup.. to guide you..


    You see the handle (green) on the broom. And the shoe lace and then the toy(cartman old slipper)





    ^ Thats just how i make my flirt pole.......

    someone who has tried my flirt pole set up with success ---- check this thread for more info


    and more info on my flirt pole - http://www.pitbull-chat.com/showthread.php?t=8424

    P.s. if your dog is younger then a year, i wouldnt make the dog jump in the air because its joints are still developing.. I would just put it so that the toy just drags on the ground and the dog chases it.

    In those pics my dog was 6 months and i allowed him to jump because i didnt know any better about the joints still growing and were fragile and what not. So yea....

    Just my 2 cents to this flirt pole thread :]
  3. jillibean87

    jillibean87 Good Dog

    How ghetto am I? We use milk cartons for a toy- they're cheap and Bubba goes nuts for them.
  4. lovingBud

    lovingBud Puppy

    I'm going to have to try this. It looks fun. Right now I stand on a chair and whirl around any old toy tied to a rope. I like this option better. Thanks
  5. I can't say thanks enough. It took me less then 5 minutes to make this and Sinatra had a blast chasing it around the floor and it surely tired him out ! What a blessing
  6. jtsummie

    jtsummie Little Dog

    Any ideas for a dog that is afraid of a flirt pole? we made one and now mya won't chase. she loves her rope, but the minute I tie it onto our nylon flirt pole rope she runs away.
  7. kef004

    kef004 Little Dog

    just made one, and it worked great!!! Thanks so much!
  8. Elliehanna

    Elliehanna GRCH Dog


    just made mine, best 0$ I ever did hehe, Goren LOVES it he did not wanna stop but I did not want him to get to tired, probably played for 5-10 mins hehe, he was getting good at catching it, but I think he thinks its a refined game of fetch because he brings it to me :D
  9. Jelet

    Jelet Banned

    nice :)
  10. tpertzoff

    tpertzoff Puppy

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this idea! I am frequently in tack shops (I have a horse) and I picked up a lunging whip yesterday. I tied an Air Dog donut to it and Tootsie loves it! It's really fun to do with her too. Although we have a good sized yard, I still need ideas on getting her enough exercise that don't involve rough play with my other dog (who is now suffering mental health problems because of the way she goes after his hocks when they're playing.) It's difficult to take her places to walk because she is AWFUL in the car (barks non-stop when the car is moving.) She's so overexcited by the time we reach our destination that she's difficult to handle (barks at everything and everyone.)

    Anyway, she'll be getting a couple of daily flirt pole sessions!
  11. Dusk

    Dusk Little Dog

    Haha, my dog loves this, i made something similar to these examples you guys put.
  12. dogmanhazel

    dogmanhazel Little Dog


    my dogs love them also a great starter for springpole and catmill work also.
  13. Prophecy

    Prophecy Good Dog

    They love em here too,along with milk jugs and don't forget 2 liter soda bottles(all caps/rings removed of course)
  14. nc_pitbullmommy

    nc_pitbullmommy Good Dog

    My version of the flirtpole:

    Metal handle off of a mini yard shovel
    4' foot leash
    Buckle collar

    This is temporary since the leash and collar aren't made for this. I will be replacing them with Nylon cord and will buy an assortment of toys so she doesn't get bored. :)

    Also those are BALLOONS on the end NOT condoms lol


    Nala testing it out:



  15. xobbycxo14

    xobbycxo14 Puppy

    this is really fun and really easy.i was looking for how-to make yourself toys for my new puppy and this is a perfect one!
  16. DieselPitBull

    DieselPitBull Good Dog

    i just made one and it even got my older dog up and playing

    BIGPITS Puppy

    I'm going to the local German Lowes this week to get the parts to make a flirt pole for my two boys, that looks like some good exercise and fun for both of them

  18. Big Haps

    Big Haps Puppy

    Cant wait to get home and make one! Great Post!!!
  19. tienzin

    tienzin Puppy

    very good
  20. SilentDobe

    SilentDobe Little Dog

    Made one with a whip and Kong toy, Silence and Jerry Lee my GSD loves it! Thanks guys! It will be great for coordination and prevent the "Dober-whoops"!

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