I believe I have a perfect example of a dog that is overwhelmed in her current program.
Brief background of the dog, 19 month old female labrador, Junior hunter title with one leg of senior. Running senior level land and water blinds with confidence, can run master blinds but confidence fades quick. Good marking dog, will step on her birds at 200+ yards in variable terrain.
The drop in confidence really became apparent in the last two months. It also appears that her lack of confidence is associated with a training group environment. Now we're starting to see no go's. but on the same day we see no go's with the group my son and I can take the dog to another area, away from group and she'll perform beautifully.
At this point we're backing off on her marks and her blinds, moving away from the technical marks, going back to walking singles, using more flyers and or clip wings. The name of the game at this point is to regain her confidence and make it fun again.