(8) The Judges shall agree in advance as to the extent
of movement which shall be considered creeping, short
and whether working dogs that do “creep”
should be brought to heel before being sent to retrieve.
The Judges shall reach an agreement about the
degree they will consider a controlled break and shall
be in agreement on scoring a Junior and Senior dog’s
Trainability for various degrees of controlled breaks.
(Note: A “0” is required in Master.)
Guide for Dealing with
Some Interpretational Issues
Prior to a test, the Judges must agree on what constitutes
creeping, controlled breaks, refusals, recasts
and popping, and how these actions will be scored. In
determining what constitutes these actions, Judges must remember that they are evaluating dogs for their
suitability as hunting companions. While some of these
traits or actions are serious and others are less so
(although they become serious through repetition), it is important to retain the perspective of “suitability as
a hunting companion.” A certain tolerance must be afforded
to the dog that still proves effective and accomplishes its
purpose in the field.
In keeping with the objectives of the Regulations, some
standardization is necessary to ensure a greater degree of
consistency and uniformity in these areas. The following
general definitions are intended to be helpful guidelines for
Judges in making their determinations.
1. Break. It is generally understood that a break
occurs when a dog makes a movement, that, in the opinion
of the Judges, indicates a deliberate intent to retrieve without
having been ordered to do so, and cannot be brought under control by the handler.
2. A controlled break is generally when a dog leaves to retrieve before being sent, but is quickly brought under
control by verbal command or whistle and returns to the
handler. A controlled break in Master calls for a “0” score
(Ch. 5, Sec. 5 ).
3. Creeping is generally considered as leaving the
handler on a tentative yet excited basis, short of leaving
completely to retrieve the bird, or waiting to be sent to retrieve. General unsteadiness, short of breaking.