For many pet parents, long walks, trips to the dog park, and scenic hikes are on the list of ways we keep ourselves and our pets exercised. It's also how our pets scratch that explorer itch, sniffing and observing their surroundings outdoors. But when winter's chill has us stuck inside, it's time to get creative.

If you can’t leave the house, don't fret — we've got you covered with a list of indoor pet solutions that will keep your pets engaged and exercised all winter long.

Set up an indoor playtime challenge.

If your cat or dog has the zoomies, it might be a sign that they have a lot of pent-up energy. Help them work it off with these fun ideas.

Try a new interactive game or puzzle toy.

Invest in puzzles, sniffing mats, and other toys that dispense treats as your pets play with them. Puzzle toys are great outlets for your pet’s problem-solving and provide mental stimulation, requiring them to work for their rewards.

For feline friends, interactive games like laser pointers or feather wands can provide hours of exercise and mental stimulation. Cats (and some dogs!) love to chase and pounce on moving objects, making these toys a popular source of human entertainment, too.

Learn a new trick or two.

Mental exercise is also important for our pets. Whether it’s basic obedience or fun new tricks to show off, take some time to train with them. Leash training and recall are great examples of what you can practice indoors with minimal distractions. You can even start training your cat to walk on a leash.

Make some homemade treats.

You don’t need baking expertise to make pet-friendly treats. Simple recipes using ingredients like peanut butter, yogurt, and oats will make for a delicious distraction.

For an easy solution that’s sure to be a hit, try these easy peanut butter dog donuts or no-bake peanut butter pup-kin treats. If you’re feeling ambitious, make some honey chicken jerky.

Pair up as exercise partners.

Chances are, if you’re looking for solutions for keeping your pet entertained while stuck indoors, you also need some ideas for yourself. Look for opportunities to exercise with your pets, like practicing yoga with your dog.

When all else fails, walk it out every chance you get. Watch the weather for an opportunity to take a mindfulness walk. You'll appreciate those rare moments between winter and a highly anticipated springtime.

Put on some pet-friendly movies and TV shows.