One tool that dog owners can utilize is a flirt pole, which is essentially a pole with a long rope that has a tug toy at the end. You can purchase a great flirt pole made by Squishy Faced Studio , or make your own.
Dog owners who are interested in using a flirt pole should also consider their pet’s current health and age. When playing with young dogs whose growth plates haven’t closed or older dogs that may have joint issues, pup parents should be careful to keep the play a little less exuberant. Its also a good idea to double check with your veterinarian to make sure that this is an appropriate outlet for your pet.
Once your dog is able to wait patiently for their release, you can make the game a bit harder by moving the lure in the air before allowing them to jump a few times to try and catch it. Of course, you don’t want to do this very often during a session in order to protect your pet’s joints.
Another way to use the flirt pole is to teach ‘drop it.’ Let your pup catch the lure and after a couple of tugs go still – end the game. Cue ‘drop it’ and wait for your pup to let go. As soon as they do, restart the game!
Even though the flirt pole looks like a giant cat’s toy, don’t be fooled by its looks—it’s a great way to work your dog’s brain while teaching them patience.
About the Author:
Amanda Ferris is an accomplished writer who has written for sites such as TheThings, IndieReader, Fashion&Style, and New York Family. For the past five years, she has volunteered for Bay Ridge, Brooklyn’s very own Love Wanted Pet Adoptions. She currently owns a laid-back 12-year old Bichon Frise named Esme, and a 3-year-old fearful mystery mutt named Zoe whose noise phobia and anxiety sparked her foray into the world of positive reinforcement dog training.