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As others mentioned, some dogs do need to be amped up. Tugging is also a good way to keep the dog focused on the handler and their game, instead of staring around at other dogs, getting nervous about the judge, etc. It provides a structure around the run that you can replicate at home in practice.

I do think some people do confuse frantic energy with drive. So they ramp their dogs up into a frantic state, assuming the dog will run better and faster "in drive", when it may actually send the dog into outer space where he can't focus as well. For these dogs it becomes a balance of control and speed.
 
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