It’s easy to overuse a snuffle mat for dogs when you see how much they enjoy it. However, the best snuffle mat can be a great tool to use for obedience training, so it may be a good idea to only use it for a few minutes each day and then put it away where it’s out of sight. Otherwise, if you always have it laying around the house, with or without treats, then it will eventually be nothing special for them and you won’t have as much success using it as a training tool.
We ask our dogs to listen and cooperate with us often, so they deserve a reward from time-to-time. For example, use the snuffle mat full of treats as a reward for sitting, laying down, staying, speaking, or any other commands you are attempting to teach them. Use the same terms when it’s time for them to go after their treats or leave them alone, such as, “okay go” and “leave it.” These same commands will stick with them and they can apply them to other situations even when they aren’t playing with their snuffle treat mat.