Flirt Pole for Dogs

Amy Trumpeter
4 min readJan 20, 2021
Flirt Pole for Dogs

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A flirt pole for dogs is a long pole with some rope attached and a toy or tug rope secured to the end. Think circus whip or horse lunge whip. You can easily make your own from a broom handle or some stiff pipe and some rope with a toy tied on securely. Alternatively, the easier option is to go to Amazon and have a look there.

We like the Squishy Face branded versions (above), or the lower-priced Stans Pals (below) both have good reviews.

They make a useful tool for training and actually give your terrier a good exercise and brain workout all in one by utilizing his/her natural prey drive.

There are at least a couple of reasons why you may want to consider using a flirt pole with your Patterdale terrier or any terrier.

  • If you want to race your terrier, you will have to make sure that he/she will follow a lure. To get the terrier interested in the lure it has to be made into a fun game, and this is where the flirt pole comes into play (pardon the pun!).
  • Frequently, your terrier will already have a strong prey drive; you can still use the flirt pole to good effect for exercise and training.
  • Let’s say your terrier is reactionary; you can tire them out with a flirt pole before going for a walk, making them more receptive and easier to train.

How to use a Flirt Pole Safely

Here’s how to use a flirt pole to help with both of these and to do so safely.

First, the safety points when using a flirt pole for dogs:

  • If creating a homemade flirt pole, secure the toy onto the end very well. Terriers are known for their determination to hold on, so you don’t want the toy falling off.
  • The pole needs to be a length that is comfortable for the person. Too long and there will be a lack of control. Too short and the dog won’t get as much benefit.
  • Too short and there is a chance you could accidentally get bitten.
  • Your terrier must already know basic commands…

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Amy Trumpeter

Hi I’m Amy — travel blogger, dog lover, digital marketer. I write mainly about Europe, Middle East and Southeast Asia. Getting into drones!