Spring has arrived, and with it comes my second-favorite holiday: Easter. Holidays are big at our house, and I incorporate the dogs into all seasonal celebrations. For Easter, that includes dressing Charlotte and Mercury in silly outfits — they’re great sports about it! Last year, my search for squeaky eggs came to an end. This year, I found Peeps for dogs! These treats need to be in my dogs’ Easter baskets.
We also always have an egg hunt for humans and an egg hunt for dogs at our house, which is similar to the stocking stuffing trick I taught at Christmas. I trained Charlotte to pick up Easter-themed toys or plastic eggs filled with stinky treats (never leave the latter with dogs unsupervised, as they can crack and be harmful if swallowed) and place them in an Easter basket. It’s an easy and fairly quick trick to teach, but one that impresses friends and family.
Scent games like this are great mental stimulation, fun, and a fantastic way to build upon your dog’s natural smelling skills! If you would like to teach your dog to hunt for Easter eggs, here’s how:
Not only is this a super-fun holiday game, it’s also a great, low-key DIY introduction to the canine sport of scent work.
Holidays are lots of fun to share with your dogs, but be sure to keep their safety in mind as you enjoy the festivities. You don’t want the fun ruined by a trip to the emergency vet or by a dog slipping through a door and getting lost.
Be sure to watch your dog around all the chocolate bunnies and hidden candy treats. Even if you aren’t hiding candy at your house, stay aware of what your dog gets into on walks over the next few weeks. Lots of neighborhood parks host official and unofficial egg hunts, often using plastic eggs filled with treats, and when the kids don’t find them all, your dog might! While a few jellybeans probably won’t cause any long-term damage to your dog (I’m still definitely not encouraging anyone to give jellybeans to their dogs!), chocolate is of course very toxic. Not to mention, the foil wrappers for Easter bunnies and other holiday candies can be harmful if swallowed.
This year, my dogs’ Easter baskets are going to include some new cookies, the doggie Peeps (don’t think I will be able to resist those), and probably a stuffed Easter bunny for my toy-loving Charlotte.
How about your dogs? What will your pups be finding in their Easter baskets? What are other ways you incorporate your dogs into the holiday fun? Let us know in the comments!