DIY flirt pole with blue fluffy toy attached

How to make a flirt pole for dogs

A flirt pole is fantastic for dogs who love to chase – especially those with a higher chase drive than others, like sighthounds. It can really help to train a strong ‘drop it’ too!

This game is best played after your dog has warmed up to prevent any injuries from happening. The best warm up will be a nice walk to get those muscles moving.

It’s also really important to warm down afterwards. For this we recommend using scent games to refocus your dog’s brain and slowly cool them down.

You will need

  • PVC pole
  • Bungee cord or rope (available in hardware shops)
  • An old, fluffy dog toy
  • Stanley knife
  • Coping saw

You can also make your own toy to go on the end by using an old plastic bottle. 

How to make your flirt pole

Step one: Depending on how big your dog is, will depend on how long you’ll want your pole. Cut your pole to the size that you want using a coping saw

Step two: Cut your rope or bungee cord to size using a stanley knife. You’ll want this to be the length of the pole and add at least 40cm onto the end, depending on how big your dog is.

Step three: Push your rope through the pole until it starts to stick out at the other end, then tie this end in a knot, so that the rope is secured within the pole. You may need to tie more than one knot to make sure the rope doesn’t fall through the pipe.

Step four: Tie the loose bit of rope around one of your dog’s toys

It’s as simple as that!

How to play with a flirt pole

Before you begin playing with the flirt pole, it’s important that your dog understands how to drop a toy when you ask them to. Once your dog has a solid understanding of ‘drop it’, you can begin to play with the flirt pole.

You’ll want to use the flirt pole outdoors to prevent any accidents from happening indoors.

  • Ask your dog to sit while you get into position with the flirt pole
  • When you’re ready, you can cast the toy at the end of the flirt pole away from your body to the opposite side of where your dog is sitting, then ask them to ‘get it’
  • The fun of a flirt pole is the ability to twist and turn in different directions to make the game really exciting for your dog. So, make the most of it by changing directions with the toy and trailing it along the ground so they can chase it. 
  • Although temping, don’t hold the pole up in the air, this will make your dog jump for the toy which can cause injuries and long term damage to their joints

Note: If your dog is arthritic, into their more senior years or not fully grown – which can take around 18 months depending on the breed of dog you have - this game won’t be suitable for them. Instead try something more low-key like ‘find it

If you liked this, be sure to check out our other DIY pet hacks on our website.

— Page last updated 17/12/2019