Easy Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs

Since adopting Luna, it has been a yearly tradition to put on a small Easter Egg Hunt just for her. Over the past two and a half years, the event has definitely grown and Luna has become a champion egg cracker.

This year she was so confident that she broke into our egg stash before we even hid them!

Can Luna find all the eggs in the Easter Egg Hunt for dogs?

Easter Egg Hunts for Dogs are super easy because they really only require two things – plastic Easter eggs and a few delicious treats. They are a great activity that is also budget friendly. Around this time of year, you can find the plastic eggs fairly cheap. We picked up a whole bag for just $1!

When picking treats the key is to find something low in calories with a good scent. For Luna’s treats, I chose Lamb Airy Bark from our friends at Clear Conscience Pet and small pieces of banana.

Supplies needed for an Easy Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs

You can hold an Easter Egg Hunt inside your home or outside. Doing the hunt indoors or in a fenced yard allow your dog to run freely from egg to egg. But, keep a close eye on them so they don’t crack the egg into pieces! Luna was on leash for her hunt since we were in a public area, but that didn’t stop her from sprinting to each egg.

It is also always a good idea to wash your plastic eggs before the hunt, especially if you got them from the dollar store, and after so you can reuse them again next year!

Luna searches for eggs on an Easter Egg Hunt for dogs

Mix up the difficulty of the hiding places. Put out a few easy ones so your dog can get the hang of it. Make a few others challenging, so the hunt isn’t over in just a few seconds.

I have found that most dogs are naturally able to crack open the plastic eggs, but if your pup struggles or has a tiny mouth, feel free to help them out!

Can Luna find all the eggs in the Easter Egg Hunt for dogs?

Easter Egg Hunts for Dogs don’t have to be limited to Easter either. These are great ways to bust boredom, especially during winter months with you are stuck inside. Easter Egg Hunts are also great practice for nose work!

No matter when or where you do your hunt, remember to count the number of eggs BEFORE you start. You don’t want to leave any behind!

Luna searches for eggs on an Easter Egg Hunt for dogs

For more Easter fun, see my post on Positively.com about how to make the Perfect Easter Basket for your dog!

Have you ever participated in an Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs?

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Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
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  • Amanda Yantos

    I love doing this. Last year I put together a hunt at my local dog park for my small breed meet up group. There were about 15 small dogs hunting the park for eggs. It was an absolute blast!!! I love watching the dogs open the eggs – always makes me smile!

    • beaglesbargains

      That sounds like a blast. I would love to take Luna to an event like that with other dogs!

  • Katty k

    I have my dog hunt for eggs every year and my mom thought I was crazy lol

    • beaglesbargains

      Not crazy. Just an awesome dog mom!

  • I love the idea of an Easter egg hunt for my dogs! I just bought a bag of plastic eggs from the dollar store too. Good advice to count the # of eggs before you start and to have them on leash so you can keep an eye on them; I was concerned that my Husky would eat the plastic so having her on leash will help. They’re going to love this!

  • PawesomeCats

    Love the idea of an Easter Egg hunt for dogs – why should they miss out on all the fun! I’m not sure it would work with kitties though.

    • beaglesbargains

      Maybe you could just had a bit of catnip or tasty treats?

  • I’ve never thought of an Easter Egg Hunt for dogs but it does make sense, I volunteer and work with Guide Dogs for the Blind. The dog I’m currently working with can smell out a treat from across a very large park… or a picnic!

    Good luck with the rest of the challenge!

    Mars xx
    Curling Stones for Lego People

    • beaglesbargains

      I bet he would love an Easter Egg Hunt. It’s great for working on improving their sense of smell!

  • shilpagarg

    An ester egg hunt for your pet dog! This is an amazing idea! So easy and such fun too! I can see that Luna had a great time searching for the treats!

    Hope you are having a great time reading, writing and networking with co-participants of the A to Z Challenge. Cheers 🙂

    Co-Host AJ’s wHooligan for the A to Z Challenge 2015

    • beaglesbargains

      She certainly did! Thanks for all your hard work. Here’s to 23 more days!

  • Kim M

    OMG. That is sooo cute. I can see my pugs wanting to eat the egg itself though. I may have to do this I think they would like it. I never thought of it. LOL so cute.

    • beaglesbargains

      Just keep an eye on them. I’m sure they’ll be more interested in what is inside the egg. Pick it up once they crack it open!

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  • Oz theTerrier

    Oh what fun! We have plastic Easter Eggs so maybe we can do a little Easter Egg hunt on Sunday. Great idea!

    • beaglesbargains

      I bet you will love that, Oz!

  • jana rade

    Ha, gotta try something like this 🙂

  • Great idea! This sounds like a lot of fun 🙂 I bet that Luna loves Easter egg hunting. I might have my kitties hunt for Easter eggs filled with catnip this year.

    • beaglesbargains

      I bet they would love that!

  • Carol Collett

    Love using Easter eggs in nose work practice. So much fun!

  • Emma

    Ours was with odor, so it is a different concept, but those eggs worked great as containers.

    • beaglesbargains

      I’m pretty sure treats have odors too. That’s why we picked these treats.

      • Emma

        They do, but it is a different kind of search because they are to be eaten.

  • OMG this is such a great idea. I’m so going to do this with our dogs. We have a huge property so I’ll be able to hide them well and far so there’s little competition (thinking of Rodrigo, the bully, here).

  • LittleMonsterx14

    I used to do this with the camp dogs when I worked for a doggy daycare! So cute 🙂

  • Meet the Fur-Bombers

    We may just have to make a stop at Dollar General for some plastic eggs!

  • Seriously why haven’t I though of this before? It’s awesome, and easy, and genius. I’m going to the store to get some eggs later today. Laika loves these sorts of games so I’m sure we’ll end up doing egg hunts all the time now 🙂

  • I can’t wait to do ours on Sunday!

  • Jessica Rhae

    I saw this idea last year and was going to try it this year but I couldn’t find any plastic eggs that little holes in them like the ones you have. I felt like they needed the holes in them so that Chester and Gretel could get a good sniff of the goodies inside. I admit I didn’t look super hard though. Maybe next year I will check the dollar store.

  • ThePetMom

    How awesome is this! I will include JJ in our traditional hunt this year, I bet he will love it! Thanks for the great post with the tips. 🙂

  • Love it! We do noseworks, so doing it with eggs would be fun!

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  • We are doing our hunt this afternoon. Looks like Luna had a blast!

  • Rachel Sheppard

    What an awesome idea! I will definitely do this next year. Happy Easter!

  • We had a hunt this year! It was lots of fun for Charlie. Harley was too cool! Love your tips!

  • Sierra M. Koester

    I’ve never done Easter egg hunts with my cats, but they’ve always sounded like a lot of fun!

  • Cathy C Bennett

    What a novel idea!

  • Christine Aiello

    Coco goes on an Easter Egg Hunt in my house ever year. She loves it!! It’s so much fun to watch her look for the eggs!

  • Jordan

    Cute idea, we will have to do this!

  • SGilbert

    Love the idea of an easter egg hunt for dogs, I am going out to buy eggs. We have our 2 grand dogs too so this should be very interesting. Thanks!

  • Joy

    What a super fun idea!! I usually hide things around the house for the dogs to find but this is a nice way to take it outside 🙂 Love it!

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