Have you ever thought about having an Easter egg hunt for your dog? We recently had a mini Easter egg hunt in our yard because our neighborhood Easter egg hunt for the kids was rescheduled. Baby girl was so sad that she couldn’t hunt for eggs due to bad weather so Daddy had to save the day! She was all smiles! Once baby girl found all her Easter eggs, we decided that we didn’t want to leave our dog out the mix. Our dog is family too! We wanted to include him in on the family fun so we had a dog Easter egg hunt just for him!
How to Have a Dog Easter Egg Hunt
It’s really quite simple to have an Easter egg hunt for dogs. All you need is a little time and a few items from the store. You may even have some items at home already! An Easter egg hunt for dogs is a real treat, not only for your dog but for you too! Your dog will have so much fun hunting for eggs and you and your family will have fun watching!
Easter Eggs for Dogs
First, you’re going to need some Easter eggs for your dog to find! You can get plastic Easter eggs from somewhere like Dollar General or Walmart. Depending on the size of your dog, you will want to get small Easter eggs or large ones. Make sure the Easter eggs have holes in the bottom so that your dog will be able to smell the treat inside.
If you’d rather not use plastic eggs because you know your dog is a chewer and won’t understand that he can’t eat them, then you may want to use something else. Other alternatives to plastic eggs would be using something like Kong treat toys, squeaky dog toys, or soft dog toys. You can also just hide some dog treats without any plastic Easter eggs or toys.
What to Put in Easter Eggs for Dogs
Easter egg hunts are good nose work games for dogs if you stuff some dog treats in them. I used some of Simba’s favorite dog treats to put in the Easter eggs for him. I simply opened the egg, broke his dog treat in half, and closed the egg back up. Simba is the dog sniffing king so it doesn’t take much for him to sniff something out. If your dog isn’t much of a sniffer or it’s his first time hunting for eggs, you may want to use dog treats that have a strong smell so it’s super easy for your dog to find the hidden Easter eggs.
Where to Hide Your Easter Eggs
Again, if it’s your dog’s first time hunting for eggs, go easy on him and hide the eggs in obvious spots. Hide eggs in spots that your dog usually goes to in your yard where he can spot them easily. When your dog is more advanced at the game, make him work for those treats and hide them in some good spots! Make sure it’s hidden in the grass well or under the slide or table. Get creative and hide one behind a toy or in a cup or a shoe!
You can also have an Easter egg hunt inside the house! We’ve done this with the kids before. Just hide the eggs throughout the living room or some other room in the house. An Easter egg hunt for your dog in the house is still fun! Also, if you have an Easter egg hunt in the house you have less to worry about as far as being outside goes especially if you’re in a busy neighborhood or don’t have a lot of outside space, etc.
How to Help Your Dog Find Easter Eggs
If it’s your dog’s first time finding Easter eggs, you may have to direct him a little bit until he gets the hang of it. Hype your dog up and run around with him and pretend to look for something. Tell him to “get it boy” and point to one of the Easter eggs. You may have to actually open one of the Easter eggs up to show him that there is a treat inside and then point to the next one. Once he starts seeing that there are goodies in the Easter eggs he will catch on to this nose work game pretty fast!
Dog Easter Egg Hunt
So Simba had his first Easter egg hunt and here is how it went down! He had so much fun! We will definitely be doing this again for him and not just during Easter. Your dog can have an Easter egg hunt any time of the year! It’s such a fun nose work game for dogs and it really gets their mind going and it’s great exercise too!
Will you have an Easter egg hunt for your dog? I promise it’ll be a fun time!