I’ve been making Easter egg hunts for my dogs since 2013. Not only is it a fun way to include your pups in the Easter holiday, but it’s just a fun activity in general. Allowing your dog to partake in an Easter egg hunt is amazing for mental stimulation. After years of experience, I’ve perfected the creation of doggy Easter egg hunts. Here are my tips and advice on how to make a super fun and safe Easter egg hunt for your dog!
How to Make an Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs
What you’ll need:
- Plastic Easter eggs: You can buy different sizes depending on how big your dog(s) is. You also want eggs with tiny holes in them, and I prefer eggs that have the sides attached to each other so they don’t get scattered everywhere. You can buy these at Walmart for only $.98 a bag!
- An Easter basket for carrying the eggs (optional)
- Small, healthy treats that fit into the eggs (I used Natural Balance Mini Rewards, Nature’s Logic Beef Lung treat bites and Nutro blueberry crunchy treats).
Fill each egg with a treat or two. If you are going to use a lot of Easter eggs, I’d recommend only putting one treat in each egg to avoid calorie overload.
Put your dogs in a room or keep them inside while you “hide” the eggs. When placing the eggs around your home or yard, you can either leave them out in the open or make them more difficult to find. The small holes in the eggs will allow them to be sniffed out by your dogs. Remember that a dog’s sense of smell is much better than ours!
Next, release the hounds! My dogs always know something is going on, and they go ham! Khloee is the best at the Easter egg hunts. She sniffs out even the most well-hidden eggs! Wynston is really good at the game too. His only struggle is if the eggs are kind of difficult to open, his little mouth has a hard time getting the treats out. McKenzie Rae just follows Wynston and Khloee because that’s the most fun to her.
Remember to always supervise your dogs to avoid them trying to eat the Easter eggs. You also don’t want your dogs getting aggressive over the eggs or treats if another dog gets close.
In the past I had the Easter egg hunts inside my home up until we bought a house with a nice yard. No matter if you’re in an apartment, house with no yard, or house with big yard, you can put together an Easter egg hunt for your dog! I personally enjoy scattering a bunch of eggs throughout the grass but I also put them by trees, bushes and edging to add a little more difficulty to the fun.
Easter egg hunts for dogs are an extremely fun, inexpensive activity for dogs. I thoroughly enjoy watching my dogs hunt for eggs. It makes me so happy to see them running around the yard, popping open eggs and munching down on the treats!
Have you ever made an Easter egg hunt for your dogs, or have you ever participated in one that someone else made?
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