Activities For Dogs On Easter

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Introduction

Dogs are an important part of our families and including them in the season's holidays are equally meaningful to people.  Easter is no exception, and many owners can find plenty of fun and safe activities for their dogs that do not include chocolate.  Chocolate is a popular food item during Easter and it, as well as other food items, might cause harm to your dog.  Easter falls during the springtime, which is also associated with blooms and spring flings.  There are some fun activities dog owners can participate in during Easter to include the happy pooch in the holiday.

Visit the Easter Bunny

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Leash
Dog Treats
Activity description
Most dogs love a good outing and get excited when they see you grab the leash.  Additionally, most dogs love car rides, so long as the ride does not end at the veterinarian's office.  Get your dog excited for a car ride or a walk if the Easter Bunny is close by and set out for your visit.  Most events allow dogs to meet the Easter Bunny and get their picture taken with him and this is a good activity to stimulate your dog's body and mind.  You can do this activity in any weather since most Easter Bunny visits are indoors.  Standing in line is the hardest part of this activity so be sure to bring some dog treats along with you.  These will also come in handy once you get up to the Easter Bunny.  The Easter Bunny event usually charges a photograph fee but these are minimal and you will want to capture that special moment when Fido is sitting on the Easter Bunny's lap.
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Get going
Grab your dog's leash, a few dog treats, and your dog, and head to the Easter Bunny for a visit. You may want to check ahead with the event to make sure dogs are allowed to visit the Easter Bunny, but this is allowed in most cases. During the car ride or the walk to the event, be sure the talk to your dog in a happy and excited manner, so they are not afraid of new experiences.
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Waiting is the hard part
If you go during peak Bunny visit times, you may have to wait in line to see the Easter Bunny. This is the hardest part of this event since your dog might get bored or restless standing in the stanchions. Talk to your dog, scratch behind their ears, and give them the occasional treat to keep them happy and focused while waiting.
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Getting on the Easter Bunny's lap
If your dog is on the smaller side, you might want to have them sit on the Easter Bunny's lap. Larger dogs might have to sit next to the Easter Bunny or put their paws on the Bunny. You want to handle your dog rather than let the Easter Bunny or his attendants. This will prevent your dog from becoming frightened during the visit. You might also want to hold your dog yourself and get into the photo with the Easter Bunny.
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Easter Photo Shoot

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Easter Decorations and Items
Pastel Sheet
Camera
Dog Treats
Activity description

There is nothing cuter than showing off your dog in bunny ears and among pastel eggs and blooming flowers.  A photo shoot is also a perfect activity for any weather since you can do it inside or outside.  Most people will opt for an indoor photo shoot because is more controlled than out.  Outside might introduce weather elements, such as wind and rain, as well as be distracting to your dog, who might prefer to roll in the grass rather than sit still for the camera. Getting started is pretty easy because you will most likely have many of the items already on hand.  A pastel sheet makes for a perfect backdrop, but a tablecloth will also do.  A few Easter decorations including a basket, grass, and eggs are good props for this activity.  If your dog tolerates wearing bunny ears or a costume for the photo shoot, go for it.  Finally, you will also need a camera.  Most people use their mobile phone cameras but any camera, including the disposable kind, will work perfectly for this activity.        

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Create your scene
The first step is one of the most fun for people. Start by gathering the items you want to use for your photo shoot. You can use any springtime themed items to get going. Lay your pastel sheet on the floor and draw half of it up. You can secure the backdrop onto chairs using rubber bands or string. Add some folds or wrinkles to the backdrop to give it depth. During this step, you will also set up your props, such as Easter baskets and stuffed animals.
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Grab your dog
After you have set up your scene, envision where your dog will sit in it. This is also the time you to dress your dog in their costume. If you are using a headband, you can wait until your dog is sitting or laying on the scene to put the bunny ears on them. Get your dog to come on to the sheet and gently pose them where you want them. Dog treats will help with this step. Many dogs will not keep interested in this activity for too long so ask a friend to help you. One of you can pose your dog, and the other can be ready with the camera for quick shots.
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Final photo edits
Take lots of photos, as many as your dog will tolerate before they decide to do something else. Remember, this is more of a human activity that includes your dog that a dog activity that includes you. If your dog is showing signs of fatigue during the photo shoot, let them do something else. Hopefully, you will have a good number of photos. If they are digital, you can quickly flip through them and touch them up with special filters, stickers, and borders. After editing, send them out to your friends and family as an Easter photo from the two of you.
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Easter Egg Hunt

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Sunny Day
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30 min
Items needed
Plastic Eggs
Dog Treats
Activity description
Everyone loves Easter egg hunts in the yard and throughout the house, and your dog can also participate.  Sunny days outside can make this a great outdoor activity, but if it's raining on the day of your hunt, you can move it into the house.  The best plastic eggs to use will be thin and possibly have a little air hold in the shell.  This will help your dog sniff out the goodies. Remember, no candy or chocolate in these Easter eggs, though! Healthy dog treats are the way to go.
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Make your eggs
Grab your plastic eggs and your dog's favorite treats. Depending on the size of the treat, put one or two treats into the egg. You don't want to over pack the eggs because your dog will want to eat the treat as they find them. You don't want to overfeed your dog with the treats.
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Hide your eggs
If you are lucky enough to have good weather, hide your dog's Easter eggs outside. You don't need to go to lengths to hide them. Your dog will need to sniff them out so keep the eggs low to the ground. Avoid the garden and place eggs under chairs or near doors jambs. The middle of the lawn is also a good spot.
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Set your dog loose
Get your dog excited for the hunt by engaging them in happy and excited conversation about treats. Once outside you might have to help your dog find the first egg or two. Once they understand the game, you can gently guide them, and your dog should be able to sniff out the treats. Be sure to reward your dog with a treat once the special egg is found.
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More Fun Ideas...

Find a Local Springtime Event

Many places, such as wineries and local outdoor markets start opening up again during the spring or will promote themselves early to re-engaging the community.  Many times, they have dog-friendly events for their communities.  Check out some of the local calendars to find an Easter event near you and take your pooch out.

Go to a Pincic

Depending on where you live, springtime is the first time during the new year where you can tolerate being outside again.  Choose a sunny day and a nice picnic spot for you and your dog.  The family is welcome too.

Conclusion

Springtime and Easter is a time to rejoice and enjoy the freshness of the world waking up again after winter.  There are also some egg-ceptional activities you can engage in with your dog to help celebrate Easter.  Your dog will love the Easter Egg hunt, especially with all the treats and excitement that comes with it.  However, some of the other activities are also equally engaging and will grab your dog's attention.