Does your dog need more exercise?
My two dobermans sure do and I’m guessing your dogs do too. I won’t call you lazy, but I’ll admit that I am sometimes when it comes to giving dog walks.
Dobermans are a high energy dog breed and if they don’t get enough exercise, bad things start happening, like boredom barking or destructive chewing. Or GASP! they get fat! Chubby Dobermans look awful. I’m ok with fat shaming dogs.
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t walk my two Dobermans as much as I should. My lame excuses include, I don’t have enough time, it’s too cold, it’s too hot, I’m feeling sick, I have too much work to do, I can’t walk them both at the same time, and on and on.
Now some of these are valid reasons. I live in Canada and our weather is not always suitable for dog walking. And if an owner is sick, without having a replacement dog walker available, the dog will have to miss his walks.
On another note, and some people might not agree with me, but I think walks are overrated for some reactive dogs. If a dog is too fearful or aggressive in public, a walk will only further stress the dog and the owner. Or if you live in an area with stray dogs or a high crime neighborhood, staying in your backyard might be a better idea.
Dog owners need options other than dog walks for exercising their pets. This is where the flirt pole can help and be a great alternative to dog walks.
Many people aren’t aware of flirt poles for dogs and that’s unfortunate because they’re sooo helpful and fun. Flirt Poles are basically a giant cat toy for dogs. You can use them to play in your yard or exercise your dog indoors if you have the room. My dogs never really cared much for fetch games, but they love the flirt pole. The other nice use for flirt poles is to tire your dog before you go on a walk to practice loose leash walking.
You can easily and cheaply make A DIY pole or you can buy one here, Squishy Face Flirt Pole Dog Exercise Toy
To make a flirt pole yourself, you just need a 4-foot pole, an 8-foot rope (preferably bungee cord), and a de-stuffed, soft toy on the end.
Your dog should know basic manners like sit/stay/down and take it/drop, before playing with a flirt pole. Some dogs with high prey drive will get very excited with a flirt pole, so go slow at first to see how your dog reacts to this new toy. If he’s getting too excited, practice a down/stay command to settle him a bit before another flirt pole round.
These poles should burn up some serious energy in your dog. Give it a try if you’re looking for something new and fun for your dog.
Lastly, avoid or be very careful using the flirt pole to exercise growing puppies, dogs with joint problems or aggressive dogs.
Here’s a great video showing how much fun exercising your dog can be.
Have you used a flirt pole before? What do you think of them?