DIY Dog Game: Muffin Tin Hide & Seek

 A fun DIY dog game idea for your pet- Hide and seek with a muffin tin and tennis balls

DIY dog games are a great way to keep your furry friend entertained and to stimulate their mind.

This muffin tin hide and seek game is a fun activity you can play with your dog anytime. It only requires a few simple materials,  all of which you probably already have around your home. 

This activity is a great DIY dog brain game, as it puts their keen sense of smell to use, combined with motor skills to knock the balls away get to the treat. It’s a mind stimulating game that your pooch will love to play with you. 

Best of all, this clever little DIY dog game takes only a minute to set up and costs almost nothing at all.  Your dog will find this game fun and entertaining while putting their mind to use. Keep reading for all detailed instructions on how to play! 

DIY Dog Games - This easy hide and see game uses an old muffin tin and tennis balls
DIY dog brain game tools & materials
DIY dog game - muffin tin hide and seek

Directions to setting up your DIY Dog Game – Muffin Tin Hide & Seek

Step 1: Prepare the muffin tin
Prepare your muffin tin by making sure it is clean and break your treats into a few small pieces.  Then place a couple of them in the muffin tin randomly.

Step 2: Hide the treats
Place your tennis balls in the muffin cups to cover the treats and hide them from sight.

Step 3: Let your dog  sniff it out!  
Place the muffin itn in front of your dog and let’em start to sniff around.  When they realize a yummy treat is hiding under the ball, they’ll have to figure out how to knock the dog balls out of the muffin tin to get the treat! 

Your dog will love this fun treat game!

If you enjoyed this pet game, check out this DIY t-shirt tug toy tutorial! This tutorial shows you how to utilize an old t-shirt and tennis ball to make a fun tug and fetch toy for your dog! (pic below)

DIY dog toy - make this easy no sew ball and tug toy from an old t-shirt and tennis ball!

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  • Cori
    November 8, 2014

    That looks exactly like my dog O.O I’m not even kidding

    • Eileen
      November 20, 2014

      We’re both lucky people then!

  • M Faisal
    November 20, 2014

    Adorable dog with a great idea about Dogs game. I have a spare muffin tray and I am sure my dog will love to play this game. Thanks

  • Robin Rue
    November 20, 2014

    OMG, that is such a cute idea. I am totally doing this with my dog!

    • Eileen
      November 20, 2014

      Thanks Robin, your dog will love it I’m sure!

  • Michele
    November 20, 2014

    What a sweet face your dog has! And from the look in his/her eyes it is obvious someone had better start playing and stop typing and taking pictures soon!

  • rm29303
    November 20, 2014

    These are all such cute ideas! I had been house sitting for my daughter’s lab the last month and I would have loved to know about this tennis ball game them but I will definitely be doing it when she comes back over!

  • Carly Anderson
    November 20, 2014

    Your doggie is so cute! This muffin tin treat game sounds great! I think my dog would really enjoy it.

    • Eileen
      November 20, 2014

      Thanks Carly, I bet your dog would love it too!

  • Lisa
    November 20, 2014

    OMG. I’m in the middle of a cuteness overload over here. Your puppy is just adorable!

  • @weareofficially
    November 20, 2014

    That’s some funny dog tricks and “treats”! LOL! Sounds interesting for dog-owners like my friends. 🙂

  • Catherine S
    November 20, 2014

    This such an inexpensive and great idea. I will have to share this with my sister. Her dogs would love it.

  • courtney
    November 20, 2014

    Omg your doggie is just wayyyy too cute!!! But great idea 🙂

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    November 20, 2014

    This is total fun! I need to share this with my sister most definitely!

  • Lisa Bristol
    November 20, 2014

    That looks like a lot of fun. I wonder if i can get my dogs to play it. Your dog is adorable.

  • Amby Felix
    November 20, 2014

    This looks like such a cute and fun idea! I will keep it in mind. We want to adopt a dog and plan on doing it soon. I have to show my husband!!!

  • Tanya Coffman
    November 20, 2014

    I can’t wait to try this with my dog! 😀

    • Eileen
      November 20, 2014

      Thanks Tanya, I bet your dog will love it!

  • Nina Say
    November 20, 2014

    Awww I wish I had a dog. I would definitely play.

  • Ann Bacciaglia
    November 20, 2014

    What a fun idea. We no longer have a dog 🙁
    Real Talk Moms

    • Eileen
      November 20, 2014

      Sorry to hear! Maybe one day you will again 🙂

  • Michelle Hwee
    November 20, 2014

    Wow this is so fun and purposeful at the same time 🙂 I’ll tell my aunt who has a dog that a muffin tray works 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

  • shellthings
    November 20, 2014

    What a cute idea! Your dog is adorable!

  • Dawn
    November 20, 2014

    Aw your doggie is adorable! This looks like a fun game!

  • debbie jean mcmullen
    November 20, 2014

    Your dog is so cute! We have a little maltese bichon, but he never understands games, lol. We throw things for him to catch and he just runs around them in circles 😛 Maybe he would like this one though since it has such a great incentive!

  • HilLesha O'Nan
    November 20, 2014

    That is such an adorable idea. Adorable dog, too! 🙂

  • Kristin
    November 20, 2014

    What a cute pup. I wish our dog would stop eatting all the balls so i could try the tin. Very cute.

  • Camesha
    November 21, 2014

    My poor fur baby doesn’t get as many games as she did before we had babies. I’m going to check out this game!

  • Motivating Mommy
    November 21, 2014

    I haven’t owned a dog in awhile but I think you dog is so cute. I just want to hold him.

  • Erica Bodker
    November 21, 2014

    I don’t have any animals due to allergy issues with my son but I love dogs and yours is so adorable.

  • Sophie O'Reilly
    November 21, 2014

    Can I just say that is the most adorable dog ever! I love dogs!

  • Jenni E.
    November 21, 2014

    What a CUTIE pie!!! We have 2 dogs right now and they love to play.

  • Amanda @ Adorkablii
    November 21, 2014

    Hehe. What a cute pup you have. We have two dogs and they distort any toy they get! hahaha

  • Fi Ni Neachtain
    November 21, 2014

    This is such a cute idea! I’ll have to try this with our boxer dog, he loves to play 🙂

  • Kori
    November 21, 2014

    That is really cute idea! If we had a dog, I would love to do this with him/her.

  • songbirdsandbuttons
    November 21, 2014

    So cute! I need to try this with my pup, Emma!

  • R.F. Dietz
    November 21, 2014

    This is the cutest freaking thing I’ve ever seen! Are you serious? How does one even think of this! So adorable I love it. I think the dog being so cute helps too

  • Bonnie Gowen @WEMAKE7
    November 22, 2014

    Aww what a great idea. I don’t have a dog but will tell my friends with dogs about this.

  • Sharon Seltzer
    March 6, 2015

    I’ve paid a fortune for puzzle games like this for my puppy. Great idea!