The value of down/stay on a mat is very handy when you drop a glass on the floor and need to clean up shattered glass. I discovered that today when I dropped a glass jar on the floor. Glass shards flew all over the kitchen floor!
I cued my dogs to go to their mats and stay. I reinforced every few minutes alternating between praise and dropping a treat between their paws as they held their positions.
I was able to successfully clean up all the shards and my dogs were successful at maintaining their positions.