My dogs love playing find it.
We even play outside in the backyard too. I hide treats under leaves, in trees, on tables and chairs, on/in plant containers, in her toys, it's all fair game. I'm amazed at what she can find, and it's fun watching stop and turn around when she gets a whiff.
Dogs are so much fun.
Here are some of the others we enjoy:
- "hand me that" where you put several objects on the ground and then teach him to hand you the one you point at.
- big box -- get a big box and get him to interact with it. have him go into it for treats, jump over it ( thats another fun trick to teach), climb on top of it and sit/stay. This works outside with new surfaces too -- benches, rocks, big grates or cement structures in cities.
- "where is so and so?" Teach your dog the names of your friends and family, then have one of them hide and ask him to go find them.
- "which one?" put a treat in one hand and show him both closed fists. Teach him to pick the correct hand before getting the treat.
- sniff. Bring him novel objects to sniff. Its not a trick, but it is fun to do when you have to wait. Waiting for the vet the other day I entertained my dog by letting him sniff each of the objects in my purse.
- find by smell. Put spices in socks and get him to find them. Work up to letting him smell a specific spice and asking him to find just that one and ignore the others.