When honoring dog breaks ...
What are your responsibilities as the working dog handler? This happened to me this weekend and it's a scenario I had never thought about before.
As handler, I was sitting on a cooler at the line, as per judges instructions. My dog was at heel beside me. Honoring dog broke for the birds. Handler shouted at dog. My dog, being 5 feet from shouting guy, was reacting to the guy and his commands. My first thought was that the test was "on hold" and judgement was off of us until the test was re-set. Thinking we were on recess, I talked to my dog and petted her back to keep her calm and because I was happy she didn't break. Not sure if the judges noticed this or not, because nothing was said and we restarted the test. Later I started wondering if I broke the rules by talking to her softly and touching her?
So in summary, if you're on line with your dog and honor dog breaks, are you still under judgement, or do you have a time out while breaking dog is brought under control?