Cold weather, rain, and snow are usually enough reason for many people and their pets to avoid going outdoors. However, that doesn't mean you have to sit around and wait for the storm to pass. Here are some ideas that you and your pet can do together indoors that is stimulating, productive, and fun!

For Dog Owners

Teach your pet a new trick -

Dogs love to learn new things and enjoy having a responsibility. Teach your dog how to sit, stay, shake hands or roll over and you'll have a chance to bond indoors.

Pets learn and respond faster if there is an incentive. Here are some training treats we recommend:

JOINT SNACKS SOFT CHEWS DUCK FLAVOR BY GREEN PET ORGANICS
   
LIVER BITS TREATS FOR DOGS HUMUNGA TONGUE
   
INNOVA HEALTHBAR DOG TREATS
   
SAM'S YAMS COOKIES CARROT CRUNCHIES (6 OZ.) KUNG FU FIDO - FORTUNE COOKIES FOR DOGS (2.5 OZ)
   

Bake Dog Cookies -

Baking dog cookies is a good way for you to manage your pet's treat intake and bond in the kitchen. Although your pet may not understand the time and effort you're putting into the project, they will love spending time testing their treats.

Treasure Hunt -

Dogs are natural hunters so it only makes sense to have them hunt around the house! Take their favorite toy and hide it in plain sight. If they don't immediately take interest, place in front of their nose and then hide it. The scent will drive them crazy and they'll go all over the house following it. For a different variation, put the food in and object or puzzle so they would have to work for it!

IQUBE PUZZLE PLUSH DOG TOY - JUNIOR
   
CANINE GENIUS LEO DOG TOY - 8" ASSORTED BUSTER MINI CUBE
   
FURMINATOR DESHEDDING TOOL
   
VITA-SOOTHE ALOE & OATMEAL SHAMPOO FOR DOGS AND CATS (17 OZ) SPA LAVISH PET
   

Spa Day for Dogs -

Make your pet feel nice and clean with a spa day! These soothing shampoos are made especially for pets by replenishing oils and moisture to the skin. Combine that with a gentle brushing afterwards and it will bring out the shiny color of their coats.

Share an Activity Together -

Your pet loves to be around you and any activity that allows the both of you to participate will be tons of fun. A simple game of fetch the ball or tug of war will also keep them engaged. Do you have a treadmill or exercise bike at home? Get one for your dog too and both of you can be workout buddies!

PETZEN DOGTREAD TREADMILL - SMALL
   
OTIS AND CLAUDE RITA BALL - 3" DIAMETER TUG ROPE BONE

For Cat Owners

SPOTBRITES 2 IN 1 COMBO PACK PET TOY LASER EXERCISER PLUS SAFE-T-TAG HEART
   
BA DA BEAM ROTATING LASER CAT TOY FROLICAT BOLT LASER PET TOY
   

Laser Tag -

If you've never seen a cat chase a laser light, you're missing out! Clear out a space in your house and spark your cat's interest by pointing the laser in front of their paws. Once you've got their attention, let them chase it around for a while. They will literally jump up walls trying to get the light.

Play with Your Cat -

Anything that moves in an unpredictable manner will get the attention of your cat. Chains, beads and other noisy objects are great fun to chase across the floor. Cats also love to leap and attack dangling prey-like toys such as feathers or leather strips strung on a wooden pole. The more challenging it is, the more your cat will want it!

PETSTAGES CHEESE CHASE
   
CRAZY CAT - CAT QUEST MOTORIZED CAT TOY OURPET'S PLAY-N-SQUEAK TAIL SPIN TEASER
   
KONG CAT NATURALS
   
PETSTAGES ORKA CATNIP STUFFERS MULTIVET SLIMCAT - GREEN
   

Make Them Work For It! -

Most cats are very good at self-regulating their exercise needs. However, an increasing number of pet cats are living exclusively indoors where opportunities of exercise are much more limited. The trick might just be making them earn their meal or catnip instead of just giving it to them.