How to Make an Easter Egg Hunt for Your Dog

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Remember hunting for Easter eggs when you were little? Crawling around the backyard or living room, checking under tables and in bushes?For the once-prolific Easter egg hunter, it can be a bit of a bummer to outgrow the tradition.Well weโ€™ve got just the thingโ€”why not set up an Easter egg hunt for your dog? Watch them roam and sniff, and happily snap up the prizes! Theyโ€™ll know the day is something special, even if they canโ€™t quite tell what all the pastel colors and bunny-shaped decorations are all about.

Safety First

Plastic Easter eggs can crack in a dogโ€™s mouth if they chomp on them to get to a treat, and can cause cuts or get stuck in their throat. Place your dogโ€™s treats inside dog-friendly toysโ€”

some are designed with hidey holes for treats

โ€”or just leave the treats au natural in the grass. Your dog will enjoy hunting for them either way!

Chocolate is toxic to dogs

, so donโ€™t offer them any chocolate Easter treats, no matter how festive they may be. Peanut butter and

sweet potato flavored treats

can be something new and exciting.

Step 1: Select the โ€œEggsโ€

Pick out a few treats for your dog to find. You can fill some specially-designed toys with treats, or just leave the treats by themselves. For one dog, depending on the size of the treat youโ€™re using, around 5-7 treats will be enough. You donโ€™t want your pet becoming sick from eating too much rich food too fast, and you certainly wonโ€™t want to take some of their hard-found treats away once theyโ€™ve sniffed them out.If you want the game to go on longer, take a few of your dogโ€™s favorite toys and put just a dab of treat paste or peanut butter on them. Thatโ€™ll limit the snack food your dog is getting, while still allowing for lots of searching fun.

Step 2: Count Them, Then Hide Them

Youโ€™ll want to count the treats so you know how many there are and if theyโ€™ve all been found by the end of the game. Leaving a doggie treat outside might just mean a fun snack for Fido later, but it could also attract unwanted critters, as could a treat left hidden behind the curtain in the living room.Hide the treats in places low to the ground or on the groundโ€”you donโ€™t want to encourage your dog to start jumping or climbing in search of food. You also probably donโ€™t want to place the treats inside something your dog will have to tip over or knock open, as this can encourage such behaviors when itโ€™s not game-time. Just placing the โ€œeggsโ€ under a bush works great, as does behind a couch leg. Your dog will be thrilled to get the treat.

Step 3: Let Your Dog Go for It!

Now itโ€™s time for the hunt! If youโ€™re setting up your hunt in a park instead of your own house or backyard, keep your dog on a leash, but let them lead you as they sniff out the treats.Hereโ€™s wishing you and your dog a happy Easter and a happy egg hunt!

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