April 9 is Easter this year! Soon we’ll see start to see the snow melting (and then we’ll probably get dumped on again) and then it’ll be time for Easter festivities! I look forward to Easter every year because it signals the start of warmer weather, more time outside without all.the.layers, and the coming of crocuses and aspen buds.
I love sharing this hoppy time with my dogs, too. If you’re looking for ways to get your pet in on the Spring and Easter festivities, try some of these.
Paw Print Garden Stepping Stones or Rocks
If you have a green thumb or enjoy beautifying the outside of your home, you’ll love this one. Painting, paw-printing and decorating rocks or stepping stones is fun for the whole family.
If you’re decorating rocks, you’ll probably find them for free in your yard or around the neighborhood. If you’re making a decorative stepping stone, there are lots of kits online, too like this one. Just make sure they are made of pet-safe materials.
Let your imagination run wild! Colorful paint and other objects like marbles, dog tags, or colorful stones can be added to cement kits to really give your stepping stones a unique flair!
Doggy Easter Egg Hunt
Hop into this fun and affordable tradition! Host a doggy Easter egg hunt in your home or back yard. You’ll need plastic Easter eggs and small, healthy treats like their kibble, or some Zuke’s training treats.
For the Easter eggs, make sure you grab sizes that are appropriate for the dogs. For example, I’d buy a size appropriate to your dog’s size. You also want eggs that have small holes in them so dogs can sniff out the treats inside, like these.
Put 1 or 2 small treats in each egg and hide them.
Just keep in mind that this is not a good activity for dogs who chew on plastic or who crunch things up enthusiastically. Closely supervise the activity to keep it safe, and watch for dogs who start chewing on the plastic instead of the treat, multiple dogs going for the same egg, or dogs who look lost or need some guidance on what to do.
New Physical or Enrichment Activity
Spring is about coming back to life after a winter’s sleep. Nature awakens, people refresh their living spaces, and it’s a great time to give your dogs or cats something new, too.
Try a new activity with your pet. Take your pup on a new walking route and let them smell and explore this new location.
Or maybe it’s time to teach him or her a new trick! Teaching a “Chin rest” is not only super cute, but also handy for vet visits and other handling activities.
In our house, we’re enjoying some time on the front deck and watching the our friends neighbors go by.
You can also refresh some of your pet’s belongings. A new bed will spruce up your home for spring and give your pet something new to sniff and cuddle into. Or maybe just make sure you wash that cover.
Easter Egg Dog Treats
It’s no secret. Most dogs love peanut butter! I think the happiest days of my dogs lives have been when I let them lick out the last bits of peanut butter in the jar.
Let’s make every day the best.day.ever! with this cute and tasty egg-shaped dog treat: Completely melt equal parts peanut butter and coconut oil in the microwave or on the stove I like Adam’s Natural Peanut Butter and Simple Truth Coconut Oil . Stir and then pour it in a silicone mold – These are really festive! Pop them in the fridge for about 2 hours and VOILA! You have crave-worthy treats!
Safety Tip! Always check the labels on ingredients, to avoid foods or additives that are dangerous for pets and people. If an ingredient is unfamiliar to you, look it up online. For example, some peanut butter brands contain xylitol, a sweetener that is toxic (even deadly) to pets. And, of course, some people are allergic to peanuts, so ask before stuffing someone else’s Easter basket!
This spring, I plan to get out on the trails with our pups more, and start looking for ways to provide them with new and engaging experiences. And don’t forget – those beautiful Easter Lilies are deadly for cats and also toxic for dogs. Check out this ASPCA list of plant hazards now that spring is here.
What are you going to do to make this season extra special for your dog? Send me a message and let me know!