Does a point override a recall or vice versa?
We lost sight of our dogs on Saturday, couldn't hear Tessa's bell either which means she's either on point or far away. We called them back but neither appeared. Shane is old and a little deaf that's his excuse but he doesn't wander far. Tessa is young and bold and very fast, but she does have a very good recall, especially to the whistle. So we whistled and called to no avail. Started walking and as we made it up the hill saw Tessa on point and Shane honoring.
Am I right in assuming they did the right thing by remaining on point? What if there is a need for an immediate recall? We go find the dog instead of trying to call it back?
One thing that really helps is a beeper caller that activates when your dog goes on point. I use one every time I go out because most of the time our dogs hunt out of our sight. It sure saves a lot of time trying to locate your dog when they're on point. It also helps keep track of your dogs movements so you can make sure they're hunting in the direction you want. As for your question on whether a recall overrides a point or not I prefer my dog to stay on point. When I hunt with other people and their dogs I don't want my dogs to break point when they whistle their dogs back. If you field trial you might be paired with a person who constantly whistles (very annoying) and if your dog doesn't stay on point when that person whistles a recall command you'll lose all those points towards your score to include handling points.