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DIY: An Indoor Scavenger Hunt for Your Pets

Kelli Rascoe | March 23, 2020

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If you’re looking for a way to keep your pets and kids busy, consider an indoor scavenger hunt. This fun and interactive activity is a wonderful way to interact and bond with your pets. Also, pet enrichment comes in many forms, like pet games. The benefits of enrichment include mental, physical, and emotional health benefits for your pet. If you happen to be stuck indoors, this indoor scavenger hunt ideas guide may be just what your best friend needs. Read on to learn more about how an indoor scavenger hunt for your pet may provide hours of fun for the entire family.

Indoor scavenger hunt ideas for your furry friends

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Sprinkle treats around the house

If you and your pet need an afternoon pick-me-up, consider hiding treats and encourage them to seek it out. This gives you both the opportunity to stretch your legs and gives your pet a small reward. Also, it’s beneficial for all family members to move and stay active if you’re stuck indoors. Boredom may set in for your best friend, and the search for treats may help motivate them. Consider starting off slow and rewarding more as your pet becomes accustomed to the game. Also, you can create different levels of difficulty, which keeps everyone entertained.

Hide your pet’s favorite toys

Chances are, your best friend has a favorite toy or stuffed animal. So, why not incorporate their belonging into an interactive game. For example, work as a team to find their favorite items. To begin the game, start with the same toy until your pet fully understands the concept. After a few times in a row, you can start to add more toys. Consider rewarding with a game of toss or chase afterward.

Incorporate an interactive toy

Interactive toys are a fun way to add surprise to any indoor scavenger hunt with your family. Imagine your pet’s looking for a toy, and they get a surprise treat. Consider what your pet likes and plan accordingly. Pet tech toys may range from full-motion to an interactive automated toy on the ground.

Change up your routine

A benefit to you creating your own indoor scavenger hunt for your pets is you can personalize it with your family in mind. For example, want a five-minute scavenger hunt in the morning, or a longer game in the afternoon. You can cater to everyone. It’s a great way to break up your day while also having fun and staying active at the same time.

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Get the whole family involved

An indoor scavenger hunt gives you a way to explore, interact, and bond with family members. In addition, it gives everyone a chance to play along in the fun, including your pets. Naturally, your pets will enjoy the extra time with you and the moments you make will last a lifetime.

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