I have a friend who has a six-month chocolate lab. The lab is rambunctious, as they are known to be. They have her in training with a local trainer and they were advised to use a prong collar on her. The friend says this is working - the dog loves (?) the collar? When I was talking to her the other day, she said they have found a doggie day camp that runs 6-8 weeks and the dog is there 24/7. She is trained in "alpha", basic manners and I think to learn to start to retrieve as well. Owners are not allowed to see the dog for the first two weeks. The last weekend, they spend with the dog and the trainer to learn how to do things. To say I was surprised is an understatement. To take a six-month old puppy away from her owners when this is such a critical time for bonding makes me shake my head. I get it that the dog needs training, I get it that they both work (and don't have time to do training), I get it they have just bought a new house and are moving. I just don't get letting my dog go away from me for that long. I upfront told her no way would my dogs be gone that long. What are your thoughts? Sophie - you have Cadbury. I would love to hear from you.