It is hard to analyze something like this online, nobody can see exactly how your dog reacts and make a proper recommendation. I don't know who you train with or where, but I think it would be worth it to have an experienced helper/competitor work with you to try and figure out what the issue is and how to try and overcome it. Maybe attend a seminar with a trainer who may specialize in building confidence or working with dogs that have less than ideal nerves? Hopefully this issue can be resolved for you and you can get your IPO1 with him. IF he was taking stick hits before, I don't see why you can't get him back to that level with some hard work?
Lots of IPO competitors have problems to solve and overcome, you just gotta keep training and try to figure out how to help your dog overcome this particular hurdle. Sometimes genetics work against you, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try and do your best. As long as you aren't stressing your dog out and making him miserable, of course. I know several people on the forum here have competed with "less than ideal" dogs successfully, so hopefully they can chime in with some good advice for you!
Congratulations on your successful BH, and good luck in your future IPO endeavors!
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