I am a trial judge, but the rules are basically the same for a minor stake.
I am not there to judge intent. I am going to give the benefit of the doubt to the dog/handler and score it as a controlled break. I wouldn't give a stern warning either. Handlers should know the rules unless they are new and then I would kindly explain it to them.
I'm with Howard and Steve. I can't vote because I would not do either of your two options.
This is really pretty simple. When the dog stands up or creeps a ways towards the fall it is basically a trainability issue and can be dealt with on that basis. At some point the creep becomes a safety issue and then we have another issue but that isn't the issue at hand here.
The point is that when the dog stood up - the handler for whatever reason (and there really is only one - he knew or suspected that the dog was going to break) said something (doesn't really matter what it was) that served to prevent the dog from further actions.
It isn't a controlled break until the dog manifests the intent to make the retrieve and is successfully stopped. BUUUUUUUUUuttttttt the handler -by telling the dog to stop that crap took the pencil out of the judges hands. He communicated by his actions that the dogs behavior was unacceptable and acted to stop that behavior - and that is a problem. At that point the judges have a decision to make:
1. The handler stopped a break in the birth stages - controlled break rules apply
2. Handler broke the "No talking" rule - immediate disqualification
In the Master stake it reall doesn't matter - no difference both are disqualifying.
In the Senior stake there is room for "SOME" allowances we are expecting a few rough edges.
Either way - I would have to see it to judge it.
Lesson is that unless the dog actually bolts- shut up and trust her to remember her manners.
It's a LOT easier with /pauls dogs - once they decide to go it's all over regards
Carry the dog without the "stern warning"... This is such old news. It happens all the time in senior and dogs don't get dropped for it, nor should they. It's a controlled break, period.
So, if a dog moves while the birds are going down and the handler makes an effort to stop the dog, should I assume the handler thought he was making an attempt to retrieve?
In reference to those that mentioned the issue of a dog being dropped for a controlled break after the dog had been released by the judges....there is no break after the dog is released (judge says # or dog) and this causes the dog to leave ,the dog has not broken...For those that say ,you didn't release your dog ...I always say the dogs name when the judge looks at me when this happens ... Some times I'm a little slow ...Steve S
Having run about twenty Senior tests, here's what I've learned.
Most every handlers' meeting had a discussion about NOT talking to the dog on the line after calling for the birds. Senior judges almost always discussed the "talking at the line rule". For most, it was "cut and dried"....."You are not supposed to!" There were a few times I saw a more lenient "You most likely will be disqualified" actually applied which means sometimes (maybe not). Most often it was "nervous first timers" that displayed a sincere "oops" in their demeanor. In essence, using this poll to "test the waters" to see how much you leeway you might have may prove risky.
For me at the line, I'm not supposed to talk to my dog after I call for the birds....period. I can after the judge releases the dog and most judges do that by quietly say "dog".
Now their judging sheets reveal the call name of every dog which means that if she/he goes on "dog" the judge immediately knows there is a training issue, but that's not the judges' problem.
I remember many years ago, running a HRC test down in Missouri (long trip) and my young dog was just terrible in the first series. I moped around deciding whether or not to just pick up and drive home. I was tired and sat down next to an older trainer. We got to talking....actually, I was whining....and he simply said "Remember this when you go to the line"...."Dogs run, handlers handle, and judges judge." "If you are still in it just make the judges decide." We nailed the second series and passed.
If you let fido go on "dog", he probably will do it pretty regularly unless you decide to deal with it right then and there. The rules say you don't have to and maybe that pass or ribbon is really important. You might even think about correcting the problem later in training. You have a choice.
I only had that happen once (going on "Dog") and he went about five quick hops before I called him back. Judge said, You didn't have to do that." and I said, "Oh yes I did."
I have a problem with the ethics of trying to see just how much you can get away with and still pass a test. I voted DQ'd.