Well. Back on the training boards . I havent looked back at where I was Im not sure I want to know. Over the last 3 weeks, I have been building Charlies exercise back up, with a mix of lead walking, trotting on an extendable lead, and bits of off lead. Ive been keeping his off lead on tracks high sided lanes that dont allow him to hoolie around (the odd legging it up a badger track excepted ). I have also been training with a young Labrador living next door. She is a delightful thing, but very much a 9 month old Labrador. So, today, Charlie did: 40 minutes cliff walk this is on an extendable lead, trotting up a large hill, across a field, and back (my OH is the human that does the trotting, not me ). 50 minutes on and off lead training with the young Labrador mainly walking to heel off lead with the young dog as a distraction. Plus some sit/stays and a tiny bit of placeboard work. 30 minutes on lead walk around town. 30 minutes completely off lead across the cliffs. And then 15 minutes round the block before bed. Plus a bit of clicker training, tug and find it in the house. So, in total, he did 2hrs 45min of exercise, mainly on lead or walking at heel off lead but a fair bit of trotting and a small amount of flat out running. I'd say he is tired, but not exhausted. He was ready for bedtime, for sure. I think this is fine , and about what I'd expect at this stage. So, in terms of his training .. Other dogs He was good around other dogs very friendly in general, but if another dog was not well mannered, he just wanted to leave (he didn't growl or react, just wanted to avoid the other dog). That's fine, I think, although I think he has very high standards for well mannered - he definitely wants other dogs to be gentle, and do loads of play bows and so on, and he doesn't want to be bumped by other dogs. The young Labrador has jumped at his face for a few days, and he flatly refused to have anything to do with her until she quit. When she did, he was happy to interact. I think that's fine . Today, he met a dog who once, a few months ago, attacked him. He was on lead today. He was on his toes, lunged towards the dog with his hackles up, and he barked. Just once. I think I'd bark too if I met someone again who once rolled me on my back and put their teeth round my throat. So I think that's ok . Although hope it doesn't happen again, as he hurt my shoulder. People The house has been quite busy, and we've been out in the street with our neighbours (we are in a busy, small, seaside town during regatta week) and he has been pleased and excited to see all people, but not too mad (a bit Labrador normal happy mad) and hasn't really jumped up just a couple of slips. So that's ok too .. Walking on lead He has been really, really good. He has managed in challenging circumstances of busy streets, packed with people, dogs, kids, dropped ice cream and chips, and on the whole kept his lead loose. Pleased with that. Not perfect at all, ok though - and hey, he is a Labrador after all . Off lead He has been mixed off lead. He is very distracted by sniffs, and rolling on his back in wet grass .I sort of think this is ok for now. After all, its been a long few months since he has been able to roll in wet grass .and sniffing on walks has been all he has been able to do for ages. He did 3 lovely blind retrieves, short but fast, straight and controlled, and was very steady in coming to heel and waiting to be sent. Happy with that. He legged it for short periods - twice. He caught the scent of something, put his nose down and ran .deaf to his stop and recall. He went out of my sight both times. But, he returned, fast, and galloped up to me, within 30 seconds. Not sure what to make of this. Perhaps just busting for a good run dunno. His concentration when asked to sit/stay and so on, in a smelly field, was much reduced from what it once was. As was his ability to walk off lead without wandering so lots of upbeat fast exercises required I think. He was very good with other dogs, balls and so on - he didn't run over or make a show of us. Good. Going forward Im going to continue just asking him to interact in basic exercises, with just one dog as a distraction, for another few days. Then Ill slowly up what I ask of him and try to return to more intensive training sessions.