I have no permanent blinds on a field ever, so any exercise of go around has no meaning when it comes to actually doing the exercise on the protection field.
It is all about obedience and control, but for my dog, drive kicks in and 'around the tree or cone' is never the same when he goes into protection mode(at least w/ Karlo!).
We went on a strange field yesterday....my dog had no clue where the helper would be because we don't get to run 6 blinds ever. Came out from a trail onto the field, he was thinking we were out for a walk when we entered the field.
He figured it out after #2, we did a couple repeats as he wasn't complying then blew me off to find the helper after I made him run 4(helper was standing under the canopy in the shade with other spectators, neutral with the sleeve in a vertical position) Karlo had his eye on the group, not me so much even though he did mostly defer to me on 1, 2, 3, and 4.
He was always scanning for a helper.
I only had me as praise when he complied, no ball/toy just good boy, and pats, not enough for him. After he blew me off, he ran to the "new to him" helper and went right into a strong hold and bark.
The helper gave him a bite, which I wouldn't have chose, due to the blow off, but K did give some effort to run the first four (w/ my heavy coaxing).
I put him on a line, and the helper slipped the sleeve after a bit of fight. After that, Karlo who outs just fine, decided NOT outing on this new helper would be a fun test...so we had to work on that some. Never know what will occur when we hit a new field/helper the dog has never seen. I really enjoy learning more about my dog! His great genetics have him always confident, so that isn't a worry for me.
This is something I was going to build, still may if I can't get on a field where I can make my dog just go round and round blinds.
We can't pass a trial if I don't get him compliant on this, maybe if I had him just running round over and over and over when he was young~ he would just do the pattern to get to his goal. But I do like a thinking dog, not a robot!