This Sunday is Easter, and we wanted to share a way to celebrate Easter with your pup by offering them a fun, at-home enrichment Easter Egg Hunt! This is a version of a scavenger hunt and can help a dog engage their brain by allowing them to use their strongest sense to sniff out tasty treats or food.
How to Set the Easter Egg Hunt:
- Use plastic eggs of different sizes
- Leave some eggs partially cracked to allow the dog to get the treat out using their nose or paw
- Hinged eggs make this easier
- Eggs with a small hole or holes can help a dog more easily sniff them out
- For any eggs that are closed, let the dog find the egg and then reward them by opening it and giving the dog the treat inside
- If outside, hide eggs in the grass, low bushes, under sticks, or under a little dirt
- If doing an egg hunt indoors, hide eggs at different levels and use household items such as pillows, blankets, towels, bowls, or rugs to cover them up
- Use treats that have a stronger scent like a soft treat that can be broken in half or freeze dried treat
- Offer verbal praise and encouragement as your pup gets close to the eggs
- Be sure pups don't eat the eggs or crunch on the plastic
- This is an activity that should be supervised
Check out additional tips for creating a scavenger hunt at home for your pups in our Scavenger Hunt blog.