IMO, for my dogs and how i train, some of these would be very bad to start out my puppies doing. all your handler exaggerations are scorable to NQ's and i wnt my dogs to learn the cues and behaviors from the start. i never want to start out teaching them bad behaviors. and i never personally want to practice incorrect or scorable behaviors because when people become stressed, that is what they revert to. i always want to be as spot on as possible because then i prepare my dog (and myself) for what we will see. its not fair to train one thing and then change the picture in the ring.
I am by no means experienced in the OB ring, like many others here, did it in 1978 briefly and one weekend in 2002.
Our last dog, never saw any group training classes, we privately worked together without even other dogs, to cause those top distractions.
- added distractions in our case, came from off-leash casual street walking plus training the pup to leave the squirrels alone (lol)
- using whatever we had available to us
By all accounts, the many handler exaggerations I listed, may seem very counter-productive:
But my girl clearly thrived on the fun procedural training changes I would make up (in my head) and implement to try and trick her into practice mistakes. Once I encorporated the handler NQ stuff in our day to day puppy training practice, I quickly saw a true sharpness in our dobes attention span & eye focus, by mixing it up and we always finished our practice drills, by the book, as best as I was capable of.
In the novice ring, she got her CD title over one Saturday & Sunday with a 3rd and 2nd place finish.
As the handler, it was up to this Dad to not disqualify my own dog, in the ring and I found the fun training exaggerations easy enough to leave at home while the dobe could still mean business and had a job to do, once the training leash was clipped on to the choke chain..."game on" light switch.
She wasn't confussed by various method I used, and always showed an eagerness and fun allertness, in our convoluted practice times.