Easter Eggs For Dogs: What Are They?
The term “Easter Egg” comes from the old days when children would hide Easter eggs around their house during the holiday season. These Easter eggs were usually hidden in plain sight and not too hard to find. Today, easter eggs are much different than those of years past. There are many types of easter eggs for dogs. Some of them include:
Hidden food or treats inside a toy or other object.
A secret message written on a piece of paper or taped to something else. (e.g., a door knob)
An audio recording played through headphones and then turned off so only the owner hears it. (e.g. a pet’s purr)
A hidden video game console. (e.g. a Nintendo Wii)
A hidden toy or item that someone else wants you to play with but won’t let you touch until they get one first. (e.g. a cat’s toy mouse)
A DVD with a recording of a person speaking a secret message. (e.g. “I saw what you did and I’m watching you.”)
What To Look For: What Makes A Good Dog Easter Egg?
The most important thing to remember is to make the easter egg challenging but not frustrating. There is nothing worse than a dog getting so frustrated that it stops engaging in the hunt and just gives up. In an ideal world, you would create an egg that would be easy for the dog to find and then get progressively harder as the dogs skills improve. This would avoid the problem of the dog not being able to find an easter egg that is too hard for it.
However, it can be more fun to make the eggs progressively harder since this would keep the dog interested in doing the hunt. Just be sure that you don’t go so hard that you frustrate the dog and cause it to completely give up. It is also best if you create eggs that are somewhat related to each other.
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