GUNDOG TRAINING: TESTS & TRIALS
Paul Rawlings
The Kennel Club (KC) will make the decision regarding a disqualification, whether it is the winner or another dog that was placed at a trial.

However, the KC will not know the judges’ opinions as to whether the dogs placed below the one disqualified were of sufficient merit to be placed higher.

Therefore, dogs are never subsequently or automatically moved up to fill the place of a disqualified dog.

As a judge, I have often been in the position where there is only one dog finishing a trial of the necessary quality to take first place — the remainder having marks which only merit a minor award.