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I haven't seen Evan's video to which you are referring to, so my comments may not be right on target, however I have put a few dogs through basics and believe that I know the stage of training which you were watching. That pup is most likely lagging behind with his tail tucked because of his uncertainty, not because he's been "hit" with a stimulation or anticipating such. He's just trying to figure out what to do ... and that comes very quickly. Once the pup figures out what's going on, the tail comes back out and his head comes back up.
The collar is a marvelous training tool, which, in the hands of a decent or better trainer, is far, far more gentle on the dogs than the training tactics used pre-collar (I was there, pre-collar, so I know from experience, not from hearsay).
I have J.L.Free's book, proudly displayed on the coffee table ... right were it belongs. For an even better read from that era, check out Charles Morgan on Retrievers (I think that's the title) ... great photos and philosophy.