by Melinda Kirk Stenger, Pet Lifestyle Expert
Spring brings us a new beginning with fresh flowers, spring showers and of course Easter! We usually host dinner for my husband’s family which means about 30–40 adults and children and always includes an Easter egg hunt. We hide hundreds of eggs, but only one golden egg with money instead of candy. Of course, all of the kids want to find that one.
This year we will celebrate Easter with our kids and their 4-legged kids. It will be smaller, but just as fun. All of our 2-legged kids are bringing their furry friends and we will host our 1st ever Easter egg hunt for the hounds! Since I am having so much fun creating this event for us, I wanted to share it with you.
Easter Egg Hunt for Hounds Top Ten Tips
- Plan to hold your egg hunt inside. If weather permits the day of, you can always move it outside. Just keep it contained to a small area if you have a large yard.
- If your dogs already eat together, then plan on them finding their eggs together. If you’re planning on hosting other dogs, then they should hunt for eggs one dog at time to prevent any fighting over food.
- Hide 5–10 eggs max per dog. Always count the number of eggs you hide to make sure you find them all and there are no smelly accidents a month later.
- Find plastic eggs that are bigger than the treats that your dog is used to eating. You don’t want your dog to choke on a plastic egg that was too small for his mouth.
- Hide the eggs in easy to find places. This will make it more fun for them because they will be rewarded for their successes.
- Follow the dogs around to make sure they do not chew up the plastic eggs and hurt themselves. If you already know that your dog is a heavy chewer, DO NOT use plastic eggs. Hide the treats without the plastic eggs.
- Smelly treats usually work best in the eggs. However, I have a treat recipe that you can use and smells great too. It’s even shaped like an egg and is all natural! (see Canine Candy Eggs recipe below.)
- I DO NOT recommend hiding hard-boiled colored eggs. Eggs are safe for dogs in small doses, but does give them gas if they eat too many. However, some dyes used to color eggs are not safe for dogs to eat.
- DO NOT put human candy or chocolate in your dog’s Easter eggs. Chocolate is toxic to dogs.
- Take lots of pictures and videos! Post them on social media and tag us @iLovePetCakes or #iLovePetCakes.
Canine Candy Eggs
Prep time: 5 minutes
Freeze time: 1 hour
Makes: 8 egg shaped candies
- 3 packets of PetCakes frosting (3 oz. dehydrated yogurt)
- 4 tablespoons of water
- ¼ cup of freeze dried mixed fruit (apples, bananas, blueberries, strawberries)
- Finely chop or pulse the freeze dried fruit 2 times in blender.
- In a small bowl, combine the yogurt and water.
- Stir in the freeze dried fruit.
- Using a small spatula, fill the egg shaped candy molds with the mixture.
- Freeze for 1–2 hours until solid.
- Remove from molds and refreeze until ready to use.
- Fill eggs, hide eggs and let the hounds hunt!
MELINDA KIRK STENGER is CEO of Lucky Paws, LLC and creator of the award-winning PetCakes & YumYum Bones, healthy cake and ice cream for dogs and cats. Melinda has been cooking for over 20 years for her fur babies and sells thousands of dog and cat birthday kits a month on Amazon.com and Chewy.com.