January 23rd, 2019
With the arrival of extremely cold temperatures, Bailey and I have found ourselves spending more time inside. It doesn’t seem to bother her. She is content to just nap. An intervention was needed. While cleaning out holiday decorations, I came across a container of plastic Easter eggs. I got thinking about ways to use them. One idea was to create a “Shell Game”. I took 3 eggs and selected one to hide a salmon treat inside. I sent Bailey to the entry way before placing the three eggs out in the living room. Bailey scurried in upon hearing, “Find the egg”. She sniffed the first egg but, quickly ditched it (no treat inside). Then, Bailey moved to the next one. This one held her interest as she snuffled and snorted over it. I opened it up to reveal her tasty prize. She was eager for another challenge. I reloaded the egg under Bailey’s watchful eyes. Copious amounts of drool dribbled from her mouth. I threw the eggs into the entry way. Once I signalled for her to go, Bailey charged full force towards the eggs. She found the desired egg within seconds and nuzzled it until I came. The reward was quickly inhaled. The last game involved Bailey sitting patiently while balancing the egg with treat inside on her head. It took a few attempts before she clued into what it was that I wanted. Now, Bailey’s a pro. Our days have become more “eggciting” as we wait for warmer temperatures.