Here are a few fun ideas for indoor games with your dog:
Create a Treat Treasure Hunt
Your dog will love finding “hidden treasures” around the house. Purchase a variety of treats at your local Dollar General store and pick up a toy or two for Fido while you are there. While the dog is outside and can’t see you, hide the treats/toys around the house. When looking for good places to hide the treats, keep your dog’s height in mind. It should be fun, not frustrating, so don’t put the treats out of reach.
Finally, it's time to enjoy the treasure hunt with your dog. While hunting, follow your dog around the house. As he sniffs out the treats and toys, work on basic obedience commands such as “give” and “drop.” Collect the goodies in a basket. Once all the treats and toys have been found, reward your pet with one or two of the treats. Avoid a tummy ache by giving him the rest of the treats over the next several days.
Alternatively, try a game of “soccer.” Have your dog sit at the end of a hallway. Then, push a beach ball or other large colored ball toward Fido and watch as he tries to defend the goal.
There are a variety of ways to play with your cat indoors. Increase playful interactions with your cat by using toys, feathers, lights or food balls.
Chase the “Prey”
Use a toy to simulate the movement of prey. By dragging a toy across the ground on a string, pausing periodically like an animal might, you’ll encourage your cat to stalk and pounce like she would in the wild. This will increase her speed and agility and stimulate her hunting instincts. It's a good idea to keep the toy hidden until playtime in order to maintain her interest in it.
Stuffing catnip, a natural herb, into a toy or ball (or buying one that already has catnip in it) can stimulate your cat's interest in a toy. Keep in mind, however, that not all cats are attracted to catnip.
Run and Fetch
It's surprising, but many cats love to play fetch — or at least, chase after and catch a ball that you throw. Ball toys simulate the quick, unexpected movements of prey. Put a bell inside to get your cat's attention, and roll or toss the ball so that she can see and chase it. Some cats respond particularly well when a ball is rolled or tossed into another room or around a corner. Create novelty by using differentthings to chase, such as soap bubbles, laser pointers, feathers and leaves. Always let the cat catch something in the end.
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