Friday, April 22, 2011

5 Fun things to do with your dog on Easter

1.       Give your dog an Easter basket- It doesn’t have to be big and it certainly should not have candy or chocolate in it.  Instead, it should have dog treats, kibble, and toys.  Don’t have extra money for treats or new toys? That’s fine. Throw some dog food in a baggie or buy just one small can of wet dog food and he’ll think it’s a treat.  And never underestimate the power of your dog’s favorite toy.  Just throw his favorite toy in the basket and he will be more than happy to see it.

If you want to splurge, you might consider going to the local dog bakery to pick up some gourmet dog cookies, or even some cake.
Jackboy’s Dog Bakery, Inland Empire
Scraps Dog Bakery, 7204 Archibald Ave., Rancho Cucamunga
Three Dog Bakery, Southern California

2.       Create an Easter egg hunt- Fill a few plastic eggs with a little bit of kibble, hot dogs, or any smelly treat your dog loves.  Get her in a sit, stay position or lock her out of the room while you hide the eggs.  You shouldn’t hide them above your dog’s eye level, unless they have an amazing tracking nose.  Once you have hidden all the eggs, let her back in the room to begin the fun of the hunt.  
Note: You may need to help your pup once in a while, especially with food or treats that don’t have a strong scent.  And be sure to take the egg away from your dog as soon as she retrieves the treat to avoid her eating the plastic egg as well. If she doesn’t show interest in finding the eggs, ditch the eggs and just place treats around the house and watch your dog find those.

3.       Go for Easter brunch – There are a handful of restaurants that have outdoor patios and are more than happy to have your dog dining with them.

Crest Café: 5225 Canyon Crest Dr., Riverside

For more pet friendly restaurants in Riverside or any other city you may be visiting this Easter, visit 

4.       Go for a stroll in the park- Whether it’s the dog park or just a neighborhood park, you’re dog will love some afternoon exercise.  Taking your dog out for a walk to burn some energy is also a great way to prepare them to behave for any guests you may be expecting. You will be surprised at how well your dog will listen to you and remain calm (despite all the Easter excitement) once they are exhausted from some good exercise.

5.       Play fetch with a rabbit- Not a real rabbit of course, unless you want PETA knocking down your door, but a squeaky toy or stuffed toy will do just fine.  If your dog doesn’t fetch then it might be a great time to teach them (Check out my 5 easy step to teach your dog to fetch).

Bonus: Take your dog to an Easter parade.  Whether it’s the city, or your kid’s school, or your
church, all sorts of different organizations have Easter parades, large and small. You may even
consider going to another nearby city to enjoy their parade.  It may be hard to find a parade this
close to Easter so if you can’t find one this year make a point to look out for one next year.

Bonus: Get a picture with the Easter Bunny.  Another great idea but sometimes it is hard to find that elusive Easter bunny.  Downtown Riverside held an Egg Extravaganza last weekend where they had a paw-traits booth available for your dog.  And some years Petsmart will have the Easter bunny at a local store as well, so you have to keep your eyes and hears peeled for new opportunities each year.

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