Touching dog in AKC test or trial: is it really against the rules?
All I could find was one passage about not holding the dog to keep it steady, between the time you call for the birds and when your number is called. I could not find anything else in the rules. Yet I have heard left and right that touch your dog, and you are out. Is it just a "better safe than sorry" thing, that touching the dog might be construed as intimidation or something?
The FT and HT regulations have similar language. Here is the statement from the HT regulations:
"Section 11. In Senior and Master Hunting Tests, a handler shall not hold or touch a dog to keep it steady, or verbally restrain a dog on line, except in extraordi- nary circumstances, from the time the first bird is being thrown until the dog’s number is called. Violation of any of the provisions of this paragraph is sufficient cause to justify a grade of “0” in Trainability."