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You don't always give them treats or your dog will associate lying on their mat a place where they will receive a treat every time they go there.

Only give them treats when they achieve something new or doing something that they have not achieved before and use the treats to reinforce the correct action they have done.

With your situation and the dog staying on the mat you don't have to just give them a treat, praise them is also another good method for letting you dog know they have done something correctly.

If your dog was refusing to go to the mat before, but is now going there it is good to give a treat to let them know it is the right place to rest, but after a while of going there as his resting point you don't need to give them a treat anymore.

Start focusing on new skills like sit and giving him the treat, he will then have a new goal for gaining a treat. Once he has learned to sit go onto the next skill.

I feel right now you need to start letting your dog know that learning new skills is the best way for him to have a treat.
 
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