How to Build a Flirt Pole

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Just like cats, dogs have a prey instinct that can be awakened and encouraged by a toy dangled at the end of a rope. Flirt poles are fun toys for almost any size and type of dog, but they're also useful for training dogs for competitive sports and teaching him commands such as "sit," "stay" and "drop it." They come in handy, too, for dog parents who have restricted mobility but who still want to be involved in exercising their pooches.

How to Build a Flirt Pole
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Things You'll Need

  • One 3-foot length of PVC pipe, 1/2-inch in diameter
  • 8 feet of bungee cord, 3/8-inch thickness
  • 6 strips of leather or polar fleece material cut 3 feet long and 2 to 3 inches wide
Step 1

String the bungee cord through the PVC pipe so that only 6 inches hang from one end and the rest hangs out the other end.

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Step 2

Tie a knot in the bungee cord on the side where only 6 inches protrude from the pipe. You may have to tie a double knot, as you need to make it big enough to keep the bungee cord from sliding out of the pipe. This will be the bottom end of the flirt pole.

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Step 3

Tie a knot in the longer length of the bungee cord next to the PVC to keep it from sliding backward out of the pipe.

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Step 4

Secure the leather or fleece strips to the end of the longer length of cord. The best way to do this is by tying them in a knot with the bungee cord. Tie the knot securely enough that the strips don't easily come loose during play.

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