It was the first hunt for all three of our dogs and I didn’t quite know what to expect. I knew Luna would be game; she had even been practicing balancing the plastic eggs on her nose the week before and was already treating them like a (supervised) toy. Once she could smell the treats inside she would be all over the yard hunting. Ella’s always up for just about any game, although I worried that even if she found the eggs her mouth would be too small to open them. As for Boots, well her eyesight isn’t what it used to be and she stopped playing with toys a while ago.
In the end all three of them took to the idea on one level or another. I was right about Luna, with little effort or encouragement from us (after the first egg) she was on her own and certainly found the most. Ella went crazy and would run around the yard with one in her mouth until it popped open and then run around some more (I’m still not sure if she even bothered to eat the treats). Boots needed help ‘finding’ the eggs, but once one was in front of her she opened it without a problem. The kids had fun too – and I got some amazing pictures!
Here’s some helpful tips if you want to host your own hunt next year:
- Supervision, supervision, supervision. Those plastic eggs are easy to break and the little pieces can be dangerous. Know your dog, I always take away Luna’s ASAP where Ella really does just want to run around with hers – but she would start to chew on it when the running stopped.
- Small treats. I love the treat bar at Petco for all my hard treats and used one or two small bite sized ones for each egg along with a couple pieces of their regular dry food.
- Hide the eggs like you would for a toddler, taller grass patches work great.