Master series where the dog is required to run a double blind before the marks.
Dog to the line, does a credible job on the blinds, gets invited to the marks.
First bird thrown is a no bird. Handler says, “I’ll go back 3 then run the marks”
Judge says, “If you go back 3, then you have to run the blinds again before the marks”
Handler “My dog won’t go back to those blinds since he has already been there. He knows not to go back to an old fall”
Judge “Well you can stay right there and run the marks now”
Handler “I have just told him no bird on that mark that was misthrown. If I run now, he will think he is being set up for a correction. He won’t go there unless we go back 3. I have already run the blinds, why do I have to again?
Judge “That is how we are going to do it. You choose”
Handler had to choose his poison. He chose to stay at the line and run the marks and the dog did not want to go to where he had the no bird. As we watched, the dog was buggy at the line when lined for it, and eventually had to be handled to that mark.
Question: Once an element of the series is complete and the element is scored independent of the other elements of the test, does it need to be completed again? It would seem to me that since there was a mechanical error in the test, the handler should get the option.