I just wanted to thank all the members here who use flirt poles and share their stories. Because of all I have read here, I decided to make one and try it. I made a basic broom handle, leash, ball and sock one (like zim showed in one of the "make a flirt pole" threads). I fully expected Landen, my almost 4 year old eek shepherd mix, to enjoy it, and he did. He played for a while until he got bored. Here is the exciting part. Mia, my chow mix, is not big on toys. When I throw a ball for Landen, she chases it (and him) but does not know what to do with toys when she has them. So, I didn't really think she would be interested in the pole. Boy was I wrong. As soon as Landen was finished, she jumped right in! She chased it and jumped for it. I had never seen anything like it! I was just so happy to finally have a game (besides wrestling...) that my girl likes. Thank you all for the idea! Mia thanks you too!
The great thing about this game is that you can put self control behaviors easily on cue. Revving a dog up with play is great and awesome for the dog, but being conscious of revving the dog down with a desirable behavior is great and awesome for his guardian.