Agree....I said this back on post 26...Only replying because I didn't see where anyone mentioned the risk in this situation. That being the potential dog fight that could occur, causing injury and more consequences for one or both dogs.
Due to the risk of a dog fight, I see no problem with the working dog's handler IMMEDIATELY taking the dog off line in the event of the honor dog breaking. Safety first. I don't want two dogs trying to retrieve the same bird and getting into a fight in the process.
As a the working dog handler I'm going to get my dog OUT of that potentially bad situation ASAP by whatever means necessary.
If they happen to both break (honor dog first), then let the working dog play. He not only has to sit steady after breaking once (and potentially getting rewarded), but then he has to honor. Likelihood of him dropping himself in one or the other of those situations is very high. No need to get into a dispute with anyone over the rule (one man's break is another man's interference). Give the working dog benefit of the doubt and save yourself the Monday morning QBing on RTF.
What's the worst thing that happens? The working dog passes? Likelihood of another dog failing for the exact same situation is very low, especially if they are all treated equitably. Very few chances for argument when another dog breaks from either position.
This is for HT only. In a FT any dog that breaks probably has no chance of contending for a ribbon and thus, should be dropped.