1) How used to the springpole does my dog have to get before I let her hang from it
Play keep away from your dog and let it get the hang of playing with it before asking it to hang. Then either pull the dog up after they get a bite, or set the bite surface higher and have them jump to get the bite. Some dogs simply refuse to hang if their feet are off the ground.
2) I want to get a better bait for the springpole, what should I use?
Something like burlap or a cotton rope is good. I use a small airplane tire (see gallery, Just Hanging out). I like it better because they don't twist their neck to the side and get a better bite than on a rope.
3) I don't have a spring yet...just a rope tied to a branch. What size and kind of spring should I get? About how much do they cost?
Some items I've seen and read about being used include: bicycle inner tubes, wheel barrow inner tubes, garage door spring (buy at home depot or your local hardware store), short bungy cord or a strong piece of climbing rope.
5) Is it normal for her to make all kinds of funny growling, crying, and whining sounds as she wrestles with the thing?
She is just frustrated. Nothing to worry about. My dog Honey does the same thing. She gets very loud the longer she plays with it.
6) What muscles does the springpole work?
Pretty much all of them. I'd say the jaw and legs are the most worked out of all the muscles. They get a serious aerobic work out as well.
7) If your dog runs around constantally in your yard and will play fetch with you relentlessly do you need a treadmill to make your dog really buff?
Treadmills don't make dogs buff. They give them "air" or cardiovascular conditioning. It really depends on what you're doing. Some people have gorgeous, healthy, strong dogs and all they do is walk and play with them. Other's do the whole shabang and have treadmills, spring poles, flirt poles, etc... It really depends on your dogs ability, age, current health, and diet.
8 ) Does she think the springpole is a bull?
I wouldn't think so. She knows she has to grip and hold. Bull or rag. I'm pretty sure they know the difference though.
9) If your dog is hanging from the springpole and loses his grip but only falls about a foot, will they get hurt?
Depends on where they land. They could land funny on their leg, tail, head, and if it's enough force then yes, they can get hurt. But remember these are rough dogs that have the genetic make up to with stand very rough work.
10) Will any non-bull breed dogs take to the springpole?
Depends on the dog.
11) Will my dog accidently bite me if I touch her while she's playing with it?
If your dog bites you just for touching her while she's playing with it, then you need to check your dog. APBT's that are of sound character will not bite while excited.
I put my hand on the bite surface one time and Honey grabbed my hand and the toy. My mistake and it has never happened again. Just be careful.
12) If she listens to my release command when she's playing sprinpole does that mean she is less inclined to accidently bite me?
I wouldn't worry to much about getting bitten. If you get her to stop playing with it, put her in a sit-stay and that should do it.
Like I said, just be careful and be aware of what she is doing. The above accident happened when I turned around and was taking the toy off the pole. I didn't see her coming and she didn't know I had my hand directly on the toy.