As if yesterday's enrichment game wasn't enough excitement for one week, today we bring you yet another DIY activity. This one's for all the sniffers out there! It also happens to be quite fitting for the upcoming holiday. Introducing the Kibble Egg Hunt!
I loooooovvvveeee celebrating holidays which means that I looooooovvvvveeeee when the holiday aisles get updated at the stores. This week I popped into Target and couldn't help but meander through the Easter section. While I was there, I picked up two packages of large plastic eggs at $1 per pack of six for a special game to play with Athena.
Of course, I couldn't wait to play it with her until Easter, so we've already played a few "practice" rounds this week in preparation for the big hunt on Sunday. The game is simply an egg hunt for dogs, but instead of finding chocolate (please don't poison your dog...) or money, they find FOOD!
To play this nosework game, fill up some plastic eggs with kibble, treats, or both and hide them around your yard or house. I filled up our eggs in front of Athena so that she knew that food was inside of them. I then put her in a down-stay and she watched me hide the eggs around the yard. We often play a "Find It" game in the house, so Athena is released to find the kibble with the "find it" command.
The first time Athena played the game she wasn't quite sure what to do when she found an egg. She started by nudging an egg with her nose and rolling it through the grass. When that didn't work, she would bat the egg with her paws. Finally, Athena gently put an egg in her mouth and popped it open. From then on she's used this "gentle pop" technique to open all of the eggs.
Because we are able to portion how much kibble goes into the eggs, we can either use the game to feed Athena an entire meal, or simply use it as an "afternoon snack." This game really gets Athena's nose sniffin' which means that her brain gets quite the workout.
Athena gets super excited when she sees me bring out the plastic eggs for a hunt. I plan to pick up a few more backup packages of eggs once the Easter section goes on clearance so that we can continue to play the game all year round.
**IMPORTANT: If you plan to play this game with your dog, please keep a careful eye on them during any human egg hunts. Once they know that plastic eggs equal food for dogs, they will probably assume that ALL plastic eggs are filled with dog food. We don't want any dogs getting ahold of the kid's stash of candy!**
Do you play "find it" games with your dogs?