Judging two grands I never picked a dog up on the way to or from the line, and only dinged one for the trip. I did pick one dog up at the line for barking from the time he got there until the time that he tried to jump on the honor dog. Out of all the dogs that I looked at through two grands those are the only two worth mentioning.
As far as looking for the best of the best,well therein lies the moving target. The best dog doesn't always pass the grand, and there again the term best is subjective. For me personally the two best dogs that I have ever owned and raised so far (mother and son) will never see a grand because historically the grand doesn't favor that type of dog and they are doing something else. That is the mother in the avatar.