It’s an Easter egg hunt for dogs! Yes, even dogs can hunt for those cheap plastic eggs. We do this every year and put odor in some of the eggs. Dogs can also hunt for eggs with treats or food inside if you don’t do nose work.
Warning! Know your dog before hunting for plastic eggs. Some dogs may eat these eggs or swallow them especially if you put food or treats inside. Larger eggs are also available for purchase if that is a safer idea for your dog.
All you need to play this game with your pup is plastic eggs with holes in them. Mom scatters the eggs around the yard. She has a separate bag for the eggs with odor so they don’t “contaminate” the odor free eggs. For our hunt, she put out seven eggs with odor, one of which was suspended in the air from a tree. Stores around here are still selling plastic eggs if you need some.
Olivia was the first dog to search. It was her first time searching for Easter eggs. She didn’t know what the game was about, but quickly realized some of the eggs have odor in them.
Her head turn on this egg was fun to see. She passed by, but then snapped her head back when she picked up the odor coming from the egg.
Olivia did really well with the suspended hide. It’s hard for dogs to grasp the concept of odor in the air. It is almost always on or in a stationary object.
Madison was the next one out. She was busy tracking Olivia at first, but then she did get to work. She is just about to tell mom that this pink egg has odor in it.
Hey Mom, this egg has odor, where is my treat?
Madison is the most fun to watch with suspended hides. She is the only GBGV Mom has had that can stand on her back two feet and can even walk a few steps on the back two! Look how she caught the odor from a distance and walked right in to the egg, and up with her nose. There is a reason Mom calls her a small dancing bear!
I was the Grand finale in the Easter egg hunt for dogs this year. The game is fine, but I’m really in it for the food, can you tell? My sisters like the food, but they enjoy the hunt a lot more than I do.
Um, Mom, it’s right here. Hurry up and get over here with that food, please!
I too found the suspended hide, but it took me longer than my sisters. The odor was on the tree, and I started working the puzzle from that point. For some reason I kept ending up underneath it and losing the scent, but I did find it!
So, tell me, have you done an Easter egg hunt for dogs or are you planning one for this weekend? As long as your dog isn’t the type to eat the plastic eggs, it is a lot of fun. The mental exercise also wears us out. The three of us all took a nice nap after our searches. Seven hides is hard work!
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