Usually, when you hear that someone is organising an Easter egg hunt, you picture lots of small children, basket over one arm, hunting around the garden for miniature chocolate eggs. The eggs go in the basket for totting up at the end or get eaten on the spot. It depends on how well run your egg hunt is! However, what about an event with a difference? Many people think dogs are like children anyway (indeed, many people treat their dogs exactly that way), so why not give them a little treat-filled game to keep them amused?
Doggy Easter egg hunts often take the form of a charity event and are just for fun (for people and dogs alike).
The basic idea is that thousands of little plastic eggs are hidden in bushes, ditches, next to trees or anywhere in the vicinity. Each “egg” has a little dog treat inside – preferably ones with a strong enough scent to be easily picked up by the competitors (they are the four-legged ones, by the way) – Please remember to make sure this is not chocolate as they are toxic for dogs.
Also inside is some sticker or token – evidence that your dog has found an egg. The plastic eggshells and the tickets are then totted up at the end of the day, and prizes are awarded accordingly.
Naturally, the champion dog egg sniffer will get a cup of some sort, plus more treats.
Oh, and let’s not forget one other vital thing the humans must carry – pooper scooper and bags. Imagine the environment afterwards if this bit is forgotten!
To keep some control, all dogs are on a leash at all times. Despite this, they will have a whale of a time sniffing out the treats and socialising with friends (maybe even sworn enemies), and lots of exercises will have been taken by everyone.
It sounds a lot more fun than your standard walk in the park.
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