Over the last few days, with OH away, I have been concentrating my efforts on getting Ripple back on track. And finally we seem to be really getting somewhere with loose lead walking . He has mostly been able to keep his focus on me enough to start to make walks pleasant; we stopped using the harness as he didn't particularly like it and now on an ordinary collar and lead things are definitely improving. We even managed to sit and look at some sheep quietly. I'm still having problems with his recall which used to be quite good so I'm going to go back to Total Recall and see where I need to concentrate my efforts again. On the down side his disgusting eating habits have finally caught up with him and he has had a bad case of the squits, this has meant me getting up in the night to him. However it would seem this is also relationship building as he barks then waits quite nicely (as far as is possible when you're desperate) while I stumble around turning on lights and unlocking doors. He is now on a restricted diet and I have some Pro Kolin on the way. Ripple does seem to be happiest when it's just me and him, I'm not sure how I can stop things from going to pot again when OH comes back but it's obviously something I have to work on.