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Spoiled Pup Alert – DIY Dog Easter Baskets

By Colleen Williams
March 26, 2016 • 2 min. read
dog Easter

Last updated April 13, 2022

Celebrate Easter Sunday with all members of your family, two- and four-legged. Don’t leave dogs out of the festivities, eagerly eyeing kids’ forbidden candy. Give your pet his or her own Easter basket, ensuring canines stay occupied during dinner. Stock your dog’s stash with homemade treats and a new toy or two, along with any special surprises customized just for your pup.

Avoid any products containing raisins, alcohol and chocolate – all are deadly for dogs. Xylitol is another ingredient toxic to pets, found in sugar-free and low-calorie products such as gum, candy and even peanut butter. Stick to all-natural fruits, veggies and meats in your homemade dog treat recipes; same goes for DIY dog toys, which should have no choking hazards or potentially harmful parts.

Homemade Dog Treats for Easter

Easter dog treats recipeTry this Easter dog treat recipe from Dogvills.com. Keep your dog’s Easter basket healthy by tossing in some seasonal produce. Dog-friendly fruits and vegetables include carrots, strawberries, bananas, and apples. All can be eaten raw by pets or mixed into homemade dog food and popsicles. Bananas are one of dogs’ favorite fruits. Make this dog-friendly Easter egg recipe from pet blogger Golden Woofs and avoid puppy eyes when you’re chowing down. It’s a good idea to brush your dog’s teeth afterwards, as sticky sweets can attract plaque and tartar, leading to periodontal disease.

Canine Easter Egg Hunt

A combination of hide-and-seek and fetch, an Easter egg hunt is a dog’s dream come true! You can use plastic eggs, as long as you keep an eye on your pup and don’t have a destructive chewer on your hands. Poke a hole in each egg and fill it with your dog’s favorite treats; you can also hide tidbits under small flowerpots or other holey containers, a chew-proof solution. It’s best to select strong-smelling dog treats in order to help your pet find them faster.

Bunny Ears

dog bunny ears

(Flickr.com/lovemaegan)

No Easter family photo is complete without at least one pair of bunny ears, and who better to wear them than the furriest family member. DIY your own out of pipe cleaners or invest in a sturdier pair from your local party store. If your pup shows anxiety or discomfort at wearing headgear, keep the photoshoot short or consider using other props like stuffed animals, dog-friendly flowers, or Easter eggs.

colleen williams
By Colleen Williams

Over the past decade, Colleen has written about health, wellness, beauty, and even pets for The New York Times, The Cut, Refinery29, xoVain, Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, and Seattle Met Magazine, as well as many beauty brands. She has a BFA in Art History from the University of New Mexico and an AAS in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design in New York.

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