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« on: March 19, 2008 12:40:06 PM »

this easter, we're planning on setting up a meaty-treat filled easter egg hunt for our pup Sid and our neighbor's dog. does anyone have any suggestions for how to hide the treats? i feel like they won't be able to smell them out if they're encased in those plastic ones.
really, any tips or suggestions on how to do this would be awesome.

and here's the big boy who will probably be so excited after finding ONE treat we'll have to collect the other ones for him anyway Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2008 12:43:46 PM »

I used to have an annual "easter biscuit hunt" for my dog and his friends every year. I just hid biscuits around. Even then, they weren't that good at finding them unless they had some "help" or the ones that were close to where we started. Maybe stronger smelling treats, like liver training treats would be easier to sniff out.
If you must put them in eggs, maybe drill holes in the eggs? Be careful the eggs are not a choking hazard.
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Maybe just hide one basket of treat (not in eggs) for each dog?
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2008 12:52:03 PM »

trail a treat along the ground to make a trail for them to follow?
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2008 01:38:45 PM »

batgirl- i'm glad someone else has done this! i think you're right, Sid is probably going to need the more obvious sort of "hidden" treats as he's a bit of a big brute, and his girlfriend Liberty can have the daintier egg treats  Grin we're going to do it in the stretch of path between our apartments (they're across the building) so it hopefully won't be too hard for them!

selnith- that's a good idea! we could make a secret chicken broth trail that wouldn't be offensive to the neighbors since he'd lick it all up haha. plus it would just be funny to watch him running along licking the ground!!
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2008 01:41:56 PM »

LOL, I had mine in the courtyard of our old apt building, so, nope, you are not the only one! My dog is not great at finding non-obvious things, but then you should see the places he "hides" things, like rawhide on the bottom shelf of a bookshelf or under the coffee table. Yeah, he's not very slick. A scented trail is a good idea!
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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2009 03:29:01 AM »

I am new to this site but am a great fan of Caesar Millan on the Dog Whisperer (National Geo channel).  I don't think it is a good idea to use plastic eggs.  There might be so much excitement that it might get swallowed whole--I think your dog is a mastif, beautiful, --not sure but one of those eggs could kill him/her.

Your doggie probably need practice using its nose a little.  I have recently started my lab-dalmation on a hunt for goodies.  I started by rubbing my hand with the treat, hiding the items in sort of plain site, letter Molly smell my hand and tell her to find.  I also provide hand signals and have also added up, down, and back.  It is good to challenge them. 

It has got to be terribly boring to just lay around and sleep most of the day.  As she progresses I can see that she is using her nose, more and more, like a bloodhound.  You could make your own biscuits-out of liver (free if you have friends living on a farm) and shape them like an egg ( you could use the plastic eggs to form the egg.  Be sure to share your biscuits with the friend who supplied the liver if they have dogs or cats.  Yes I said cats.  Good luck.  Judy
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