Trying to come up with a hypothetical situation to start a discussion on the topic...
Let's start with land test, triple. Twenty-two dogs entered. All dogs did exactly same work on first two birds retrieved, literally looked like same dog, only one set of feet prints, equal in style, speed, beauty, etc...
On last bird...
Twenty dogs laser lined the bird. Two dogs, A & B, did not.
Dog A missed area of fall (as defined and agreed upon by both judges) by 80 yards. Was quickly and obediently handled to bird.
Dog B missed area of fall (as defined and agreed upon by both judges) by 80 yards. Puts on a lengthy hunt but gets bird without a handle.
Judges agree that the twenty best dogs are back, and given time constraints, they wish to and have time to test either A or B further but not both.
1. Which dog gets back A or B? Why?
2. Even if you say both are out, which should be penalized most, A or B, or no difference.
3. What do you see from judges in your weekend trials?