I am new to retriever field trials and when I sent my first girl away to Georgia (i'm in NY), I put it in my head that it wasn't any different than when my kids packed up to go away to college. They both have a short window of opportunity to learn what they will need to be competitive in the "real" world whether it be kids and jobs or my black lab and field trials. My kids came back smarter than me........actually they left smarter than me if you ask them and I'm going to try not to ruin all my trainers hard work with my pup!! I think after I've been down visiting, my pup's trainer realizes he'll need to train both of us and I'll be the more difficult of the two!! Good luck with your new pup!!