Typically, children have all the fun at Easter but this year give your dog a treat too and give them their own Easter Egg hunt!
This is scent work disguised as fun and is a great way to engage your dog’s brain and nose.
Here’s how to do it:
- Grab some plastic Easter eggs (the kind you put small chocolate eggs in).
- If the eggs don’t have a hole in the end, poke a hole to allow the scent to escape.
- Add your dog’s favorite, strong-smelling treats to each egg. Cheese, sausages and liver are all great options.
- Allow your dog to watch what you are doing, especially if this is their first nose work activity.
- Now without your dog looking, hide the eggs! Consider your dog’s level of experience with nose work when choosing hiding spots. If your dog is new, keep the eggs at nose level where they can be seen fairly easily.
- Release your dog and have fun helping to search for those treat-filled eggs!
Many dogs will gently pop the egg open and snatch the treats, but you might need to provide some assistance. If your dog is a strong chewer, it’s probably best to skip the plastic eggs and just hide the treats around your house.