Holds the Favorite Spot on Many Lists
One of my favorite training tools is actually the same as my favorite puppy toy which is the same as my favorite toy for owners playing together with their dogs which is my favorite way to get energy out of the dog which is my favorite way to train without using food which is…….. okay so I could go on all day but I think you get the point. Now what is this product that I adore? I’m so glad you asked. Its a Flirt Pole. I LOVE FLIRT POLES!! For so many reasons!
For those of you that aren’t familiar with Flirt Poles, they are essentially a giant cat toy. In truth, its a toy attached to a very durable pole via bungee cord and it is amazing! I have used them to teach behaviors including sit, down, wait, and drop. I have used them to teach a dog how to play who previously had never been interested in toys. I have taught owners and dogs alternative behaviors to jumping and how to calm down when excited. The Flirt Pole has made the difference in a rescue dog who is deemed unadoptable to one that makes a fabulous companion. It has created positive bonds and changed relationships between owners and their four legged family members.
For a basic rundown of a Flirt Pole:
Yes, it is TONS of fun for your dog and for you
No, they are not difficult to use
Yes, you need to do training with them (its easy and lots of fun)
No, you don’t need a ton of room to play
Yes, they are on a bungee and you should use the safety strap and never tie something heavy to the end of it (as someone who has been on the whip back side of it I can tell you how amazed I was that a fleece tug could hit me that hard).
No, your dog will not want you to put it away
Yes, they are durable and you can change out the toys on the end
Yes, dogs of all ages can play with them (you can adjust for physical limitations)
Yes, your dog will get excited when they see you get it
Yes, it will fast become your favorite toy as well!
Yes, we can help you learn how to use one and love every minute of it.
Come see us for a demo and some hands on training. We will be doing demos throughout the year at seminars and at local rescues as well. Stop in to our Behavior Center in downtown and our staff will show you what your missing. Our trainers can also work a custom training plan to help you accomplish your goals.
Caitlin Morrow, BS, CPDT-KA, RVT
Head Trainer for The Dog Door Behavior Center
University of Tennessee, BS in Animal Science
Nationally Certified Professional Dog Trainer