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6 super fun Easter enrichment activities for dogs

Easter is an exciting time with yummy chocolate eggs, hot cross buns, and other tasty treats for us to enjoy. However, our furry friends must stay away from these at all costs! These types of indulgences that we enjoy are very toxic to dogs.

It’s important to keep a close eye on your fur baby during your Easter festivities, especially because chocolate poisoning is very common at this time of year. But just because your pup can’t enjoy the same treats you can at Easter, it doesn’t mean they have to miss out on the fun.

Within this article, we will give you 6 super fun Easter enrichment activities for your dog to enjoy. 

Dog in fireworks
Original photo by Frank Zhang via Unsplash

1. Dog-friendly Easter Egg Hunt

Easter egg hunts are so much fun, and one of the most iconic activities to participate in during Easter. Even though your dog cannot enjoy chocolate easter eggs, it doesn’t mean they can’t have an Easter egg hunt of their own! Of course, make sure that you do both hunts separately to avoid any mix up of Easter eggs.

There are three ways you can create a dog-friendly Easter egg hunt enrichment game for your furry pal. Firstly, you could simply hide their favourite treats in small pieces around a room, or the garden, and release your dog to sniff them out.

Alternatively, you can purchase some fillable plastic eggs online to put some tasty dog treats inside, before scattering them around your chosen area. (Just make sure that the plastic eggs you choose are big enough to ensure your dog doesn’t accidentally swallow them!)

The third way is to use your dog’s treat dispenser toys, fill each one with treats, and hide them!

No matter which option you choose, getting your pup to forage for dog-friendly Easter eggs or treats is a great Easter enrichment game. It will stimulate your dog’s brain and encourage them to use their senses to sniff out the goodies. 

Dog with Plastic Fillable Easter Eggs

2. Tug of War Enrichment with Easter Bunny

Dogs enjoy tug of war because it satisfies their natural instincts and helps with impulse control. It also mentally stimulates them. If your dog already has an obedience or impulse control issue, then this particular game might not be the best choice.

To play Tug of War safely with your dog remember to be gentle and never pull harder than your dog is pulling. Simply move the tug of war toy or rope from side to side and allow your dog to pull on the tug for 10-20 seconds each session.

For a super fun Easter enrichment game of tug of war, we recommend using the Easter RopeTugz Bunny Rope Toy! It features the same durable rope used in Climbers Leashes, this means it’s extra tough and can withstand hours of tug of war play with your furry best friend. With the cute bunny rope toy, your dog can really get into the Easter spirit with the rest of the family!

3. Easter Burrow Toy Foraging Enrichment

Burrow toys are brilliant for dogs as they tap into their natural foraging instincts to dig and search for hidden treasure. If your dog likes to dig in the garden, give them burrow toys. This will help them use their energy in a positive way and avoid destructive behavior from boredom.

When you hide the squeaky toys within the burrow holes, it encourages your dog to use their problem-solving skills to paw them out. This engages their minds, ensuring they stay sharp and active.

There are so many enrichment benefits that burrow toys can provide for your dog and that’s why they make for the perfect Easter enrichment activity – especially with the easter special burrow toys we have available at WOOOF! For example, the Easter Egg and Friends Burrow is adorable and a great interactive Easter enrichment toy that will keep your dog mentally stimulated and engaged through hide and seek play.

See below for our Easter Burrow Toy selection that are a pawsome addition to your dog’s Easter enrichment activities.

4. Easter Enrichment Treats

Even though our dogs cannot enjoy the same Easter treats as us, they can still lap up some special Easter goodies of their own!

Whether you purchase some new treats for your pup to enjoy over the holiday or make recipes of your own, you can ensure your furry friend doesn’t miss out on the fun!

If you love to bake, don’t forget to check out our 5 Best Easter Dog Treat Recipes to discover some deliciously tail-wagging goodies for your fur baby.

5. DIY Egg Carton Easter Enrichment Game

Did you know you can easily make a puzzle feeder out of your old egg carton? Just simply add your dog’s favourite treats into the holes and hide them under some scrunched up paper to cover each individual hole. (Always supervise this activity to ensure that your dog isn’t choosing to eat anything they shouldn’t!)

Make the game harder by only putting treats in some compartments. This will challenge your dog to use their nose to find them! If you love DIY enrichment ideas, we have some more for you that are fun and easy to do all year round: .

Dog and Egg Carton
Original photo by Karsten Winegeart via Unsplash

6. Easter Grooming and Dress-Up

Grooming stimulates your dog's natural touch, smell, and sound senses. It's a great way to strengthen your bond with your pet and makes for a fun Easter enrichment activity. 

Easy Tips to groom your dog:

  1. Massage your dog by running your fingers through their fur, all over their body but avoiding their face and tail. This will help to loosen any dead hair or dirt that might be present. It will also stimulate the skin and hair follicles to promote a healthy coat.
  2. Using a dog brush, brush through the lay of your dog’s fur coat, remembering to still avoid their face and tail in the process. Watch your dog's body language while grooming. If they seem uncomfortable, pause and wait for them to relax before continuing to the next step. Having treats on hand can help your pup feel calmer and more comfortable.
  3. Next, use a dog comb to gently comb through their coat without using too much pressure. If your dog has long fur, take extra care when combing through their tail as there could be knots and tangles.
  4. Switch to the brush again to remove any remaining loose hair.
  5. Finish off by wiping your dog all over with a damp cloth or towel, still avoiding their face. Don’t forget to give your dog a lot of praise for being so good during their grooming sesh!

If your dog enjoys a good bath-time during their grooming, we have several products for that too that are made with naturally-derived ingredients, leaving your pup feeling squeaky clean and satisfied!

After their Easter spa day, have fun dressing up your pet with cute Easter bandanas like the Pink Easter Egg Bandana or Bunny & Carrots Easter Bandana (see above). To use, simply slip your dog's collar through the opening on the top. 

Easter enrichment activities from WOOOF

We hope that these super fun Easter enrichment activities help you strengthen your bond with your furry best friend over the Easter break! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us today and we will be happy to help. 

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