Do you remember those old cop movies where the K-9 (cop talk for police dog) tracks down the bad guy and his human buddy makes the bust? While your pup may never be the hero, there is no reason why you can't teach him to find a few hidden objects just for fun and exercise. Not to mention the fact that your pup is going to thoroughly enjoy the new game you are about to teach him.
Teaching your pup to use his nose to sniff things out is simply making use of his natural talents. Despite the fact your dog's nose is approximately 2,000 times more sensitive than yours, he has become too accustomed to using visual cues around his home to find them. This training will help him restore his sense of smell and how to use it to find things.
The task at hand is very simple. You will be training your dog to use his sense of smell along with his eyes to locate objects like toys or treats that you have hidden while he couldn't see you. But there is more to this than simply teaching him to find things, you are stimulating his brain, giving him some exercise, and building his confidence.
At the same time, you are giving your pup a job to do, one that he can be very proud of. It's a great time to bond with your pup while you both have a great time. The only commands you might need are 'find it' and 'fetch'. You can teach this trick to any age dog, but the sooner you get started the faster he will learn and the more fun you can have together.
To get started, your pup should already know the basic commands, 'sit', 'stay', 'come', 'down' and 'fetch'. You need to know whether your pup is food or toy-motivated. In other words, which one he is more likely to search for. Maybe you are lucky, and your pup will search for both with equal enthusiasm once he is ready to start training. There really isn't much you need in the way of supplies, but you will need:
The most important thing to remember is that this will take your pup a little time to perfect, be patient and have as much fun as possible with this great game.