The Master Judges have set up Breaking Test with an Honor and have placed a a marker at a distance of (X) after which the dogs under judgement will be considered to have Broken rather than Crept.Chapter 5: Test Requirements for Junior, Senior and Master Hunting Tests
Section 4. Master Hunting Test
(6) A Master dog that creeps shall be scored relatively lower than creeping in Senior. A controlled break in Master must be scored "0" in Trainability
Chapter 4: Standards for Junior, Senior and Master Hunting Tests
The handler of the honoring dog may speak quietly to the honoring dog provided the handler does not interfere with other handlers, the working dog(s) or the Judges.
Note* While speaking quietly to the honoring dog is allowed, threatening gestures or any form of intimidation is not acceptable and shall not be allowed by the Judges
Guidelines for the Hunting Test
Part I - Hunting Test Planning, Mechanics and Setup
8: The Judges shall agree in advance as to the extent of movement which shall be considered creeping, short of breaking, and whether working dogs that do "creep" should be brought to heel before being sent to retrieve.
Part V - Guide for Dealing with Some Interpretational Issues
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. 4 ).
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.
Depending on how far the dog Creeps ,but stays behind (X) the Judges ask some handlers to re-heel there dogs.
After the Working dog has been given it's number and left to retrieve the honoring dog leaves it's Handler on a tentative yet excited basis
but does not cross (X) because the handler speaking quietly to the honoring dog causes the creeping dog to return to heel.
Armed with the above Rules how is the Honoring dog scored