I remember being a kid and really looking forward to Easter, mostly for the Easter Egg Hunts. We’d do one inside the house in the morning and then another (harder) one outside. Well this year, Easter is going to the dogs! Everyone has heard of outdoor Easter Egg Hunts for dogs, but we came up with a few other uses for these awesome treat vessels to share with you too! See how our pups enjoyed these new Dog Easter Games.
Game #1: “Traditional” Dog Easter Egg Hunt
Our first Dog Easter Game is the “traditional” dog Easter Egg Hunt.. Not that Easter Egg Hunts for dogs are traditional, I just mean the standard “hide eggs outside and let them find them” version. Nose work is great exercise for dogs, both physically and mentally, and Easter Eggs are a perfect vessel for a sniffin’ good time with your pups. It’s cheap, easy and fun!
Y’all know I’m a self-proclaimed cheapskate, so I love things like this. I spent a whopping $3.99 for hours of fun with my mutts. Not bad right?
I found a 12 pack of colorful plastic Easter Eggs for $1 at Five Below! You can also fin eggs this time of year at any dollar store, grocery store, superstore and pharmacy around the country for a dollar or 2. Then all you need are some treats. I picked up a bag of 200 training treats for only $2.99 at TJ Maxx.
I like to use training treats because:
1. They’re small
2. They’re low in calories (ours were 1.5 calories each and I put 2 in each egg)
3. They are usually REALLY STINKY, which is great if you want your dog to sniff them out!
All that’s left to do is load up the eggs, hide them around your yard, and watch your dog sniff around and find them! You’ll be surprised how quickly they catch on, even if this is their first time.
Our dogs have never done this before, so I made sure to put some easy to find eggs around the yard that they could find quickly to get the idea. Before I knew it, they were finding all the hidden ones like it was nothing! Even ones under the hammock and in planters!
Don’t mind the weeds in all of the pictures. I prefer to spend time hanging with my dogs over having a picture perfect lawn. Anyway…
The great thing about doing an Easter Egg Hunt with your dog is that you can tailor it to fit your specific pooch. For instance, Roxie is still a young pup with ZERO attention span, so I put her eggs in easier places, and many in plain sight so she wouldn’t get frustrated or bored. On the other hand, if you have a dog like Boomer, who’s at least half hound and a professional sniffer, you can get a bit more creative. She LOVES to tree things, so I even put some in the trees for her. She was super proud when she found this one and was waiting for me to tell her she could get it. Such a good girl.
Game #2: Bobbing for Easter Eggs
Did you know that Easter Eggs float? I had a hunch they would, even carrying treats! So… we put it to the test and they SURE DO! The birth of Dog Easter Game #2! You’ve heard of bobbing for apples, well we’re bobbing for Easter Eggs. Time to fill up the baby pool (or the “dog pool” as it’s known in our house) and have some warm weather fun splashing around and bobbing for eggs!
Fill your plastic Easter eggs back up with one or two training treats (don’t use biscuits or something that gets soggy easily because a little bit of water may get inside) and enjoy the show. Our pack had a blast catching these pesky eggs and cracking them open for their reward!
I think this may be our dogs’ new favorite game! Check out the video below for some laughs! (Ringo’s technique could use a little work, but I kind of like it this way!)
Game #3: Easter Egg Puzzle Boxes
Like I said earlier… Easter eggs really are a great vessel for some nose work with your dogs. Our pups had so much fun finding eggs outside that I thought I’d take it up a notch and make some “egg puzzles” for the dogs.
If you’re anything like our family, you probably have a pile of cardboard boxes lying around from recent Amazon orders… I know we sure do. So why not put those discarded boxes to use before putting them in the recycling bin?
I found a bunch of boxes in different shapes and sizes and set up some “puzzles” for the dogs to solve. Each box had an egg inside, filled with some training treats of course. The dogs had to flip over, open and knock around the boxes to get the eggs out and get their reward. Now that Boomer associates eggs with treats, she was super excited just watching me set this up.
We hope you enjoyed our Easter Egg Games! Do you have a fun Easter game or activity that you do with your pets? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!
**PLEASE NOTE** You should NEVER let your dog play with plastic easter eggs unsupervised. They can easily be broken and ingested. For their safety, please supervise your dog at all times when playing these games. 🙂
Thanks for reading!
Debbie & the mutts