Easter Egg Hunt For Your Pup

Story by Meganne Carpenter
Scout Camp Bow Wow, Tucson East
This year Easter will be on April 9th, and we wanted to share a fun way to celebrate Easter with your pup by offering them an 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 and include your pup into a fun holiday tradition.

How to Set up the Easter Egg Hunt:
First you will need to use plastic eggs of different sizes. If this is your dog’s first time playing this game it is best to leave some eggs partially cracked to allow the dog to get the treat out by using their nose or paw. When looking to buy easter eggs look for hinged eggs or eggs with a small hole or holes can also 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.

This enrichment can be done in multiple environments;

  • If outside, hide eggs in the grass, low bushes, under sticks, or under some dirt.
  • If this is your pup’s first time playing this game it’s best to start indoors.
  • 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.

It is best to use treats that have a stronger scent like a soft treat that can be broken in half or freeze dried treat. That way your dog will have more success finding the hidden eggs. Be sure to offer verbal praise and encouragement as your pup gets close to the eggs.

It is important to remember that this is an activity that should be supervised so that you can be sure your pup doesn’t eat the eggs or crunch on the plastic! Playing an Easter Egg scavenger hunt is a fun game for both you and your pup! Make sure you are staying engaged and having fun too. If you would like to learn more about fun and themed enrichments you can do with your pet go to www.campbowwow.com to learn more. Happy Hunting!



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