I was able to drop the leash on sit and down stays as well as recalls. Pumpkin is picking up nicely on his basics. We've even begun the stand/stay which he really likes because it comes with a tummy rub.
I've had to separate him from the K9 visitors as he's become "amorous" with some of the guests. He does not try this behavior with my girls or they'll attempt to kick his butt. Pumpkin respects them sometimes but still challenges them into dog games from time to time.
I am using both the Freedom Harness and Comfort Trainer to obtain some nice heeling and overall attentiveness so that I need not use any harsh methods. No more pulling, lagging, distraction or play while working. Just complete attentiveness and an overall pleasant walk.
Yesterday we played some indoor fetch. He knows to return to my area, but only once did he return the large ball to my hand. This will take some work. It's nice to know he enjoys the game though