Easter Egg Hunting for Dogs

Spring is here! And Easter is just around the corner. One of the biggest Easter traditions is hunting for plastic eggs filled with sweets. Why should our dogs feel left out? A well mannered dog can find and open plastic eggs without breaking the plastic and enjoy the adventure of the hunt just like the rest of us!

Aside from the game, this is a fun time of year to dress up and take adorable Easter portraits of your pets! Send us your photos of your pets dressed up for Easter! We’ll feature them on our Facebook and/or Instagram pages! Just email them to loki@petdoors.com with the subject line “Easter Photos” for the chance to be featured!

Loki got to have an Easter Egg hunt last year at his grandparent’s house! Check out how he opens eggs to get the treats that are inside:

We found some other cute videos of dogs enjoying the game, too!

Loki knows just how to get to the tasty goodies inside those eggs.  If you have dogs that do chew plastic can be dangerous for them, but you can still let them have the Easter hunting fun!  Here are some good alternatives:

  • Use toys that you can stuff with treats like and hide those instead of plastic eggs.  They will allow the scent to escape and will hold up much better for dogs that like to destroy things.  You can find these toys locally or plan ahead and jump online.  There are many different levels for pups and some make it easier to get to the treats than others so take your dog’s skill level into account.  You want this to be fun for them and not so hard they get discouraged and give up.  
  • You can also go with just hiding their normal treats around the yard or the house.
  • There are plenty of dog cookie and treat recipes online where you can make up some special doggie friendly items for the special occasion.  Just make sure to double check the ingredients will work work your dog’s diet.

Tips for a safe and happy egg hunt:

  • Make sure that the entire event is supervised and you keep an eye on your pets the entire time.
  • As we said before if you have a chewer avoid plastic eggs.
  • If you do use plastic eggs and not treats keep count and remember or take a notes if you have to on where you put them.  So you can be sure that they find them all and don’t have a straggler that can be eaten without supervision as soon as you turn your back.
  • If you know you have one dog that gets treat or toy possessive leading to aggression then have a special separate hunt just for them.
  • Be patient with your dog if they are having a tough time locating the goods.  You might have to take them around to every thing you have hidden, but that is just fine.  This means more time bonding and playing with your furry pal, and who doesn’t want that!

We got some of these good tips from dogster

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