Thursday, April 25, 2013

Flirtatious Dude

Ray has been a flirter since way back, but it wasn't until recently that we made a real one and started using it correctly via the instructions at BAD RAP.

For our pole, I purchased a 5 foot by 1/2" pvc pipe at Lowe's for $1.06, I had a new clean rope clothesline from another project and one of Ray's squeakie stuffies.  I ended up also purchasing some washers for each end like our friends at Erie-sisti-Bull suggested.  I ended up spending seventy-five cents for each washer which brought our  project total to a whopping $2.56.  The fun and training we received?  Priceless.

The rules of the game are that your pooch sits, looks, and waits for the signal.  Ray isn't actually looking at me in this picture, but after the first non-wait, he learned pretty darn fast that if we don't play by mom's rules, we don't play at all.

Ray's release word is a simple "ok" so upon that word, he chases the squeaking like it's his job.  I quickly discovered that Ray loves the chase, so we haven't needed a super sturdy toy.  He is even much better at the "drop" with this game because he wants to chase more than he wants to catch.  That's a good thing, since he's a bit portly at the moment and could use the extra activity.

The  mental activity of listening to and executing the commands combined with the physical activity of the chase make for one tired pup.

And a tired pup is a happy pup.

We love our flirt pole so much, we decided to make one for the shelter as well.  So tell us, do you flirt?


  1. This is so cool! I've always wanted to make one! I actually think Moby might really enjoy it. And seeing Ray-Ray so exhausted makes me think I need to make one ASAP! :)

    1. Moby so needs one of these. It only takes a few minutes to make and only a few mintues before Ray is physically and mentally exhausted. Win-win.

  2. Eek - we love it! Those last 3 photos are priceless - the one where he's flopped down cracked me up!

    And Emily - something makes me think Moby would love it, too!

    1. Hannah, thanks for the tip on the washers. I just couldn't get a big enough knot!

  3. What is a flirt pole? That's a new one on me!

  4. Oh my gosh this looks like so much fun! And Ray has such a big, happy smile! Mom and I always get such good ideas from you and Ray - thank you!! Now I hope we'll be going on a trip to Home Depot this weekend :)

  5. Fun, fun, fun! It looks like Ray loves his flirt pole just as much as Athena is lovin' hers! She managed to untie the toy off from the end of hers the last time though...crazy girl!

    I also love that you're making one for the shelter your volunteer at =)

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  7. The pups are not flirters yet, but with all the flirting going around lately they just may start...
    I LOVE THESE PICTURES OF RAY! So much so that I thought the statement required capital letters.



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