Christine Bowyer and Richard Edge are the latest trainers to
become accredited by the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors scheme
(KCAI), the first and only scheme in the UK for dog instructors to
be approved by City & Guilds NPTC.
Richard, aged 42 from Leeds and Christine, aged 62 from Sligo,
Ireland are two of the latest to be recognised by the scheme after
successfully completing the qualification which is offered by the
Christine has spent more than 30 years working with dogs and is
a canine psychologist and trainer. Richard's expertise in dog
training spans over 15 years and he is currently also working
towards a degree in Canine Behaviour and Training.
Richard commented: "I have been training dogs for some time now
and wanted an accreditation which would allow me to train dogs for
the rest of my life. The KCAI, unlike any other organisation,
makes you strive to be the trainer you always wanted to be."
Companion Dog Training is just one of the many areas that
trainers can become accredited in. The scheme now has trainers
accredited in a range of different disciplines including working
gundog training, Good Citizen Dog Scheme training and assistance
Christine commented: "Hearing that I had achieved the
accreditation was wonderful and I have a special reason to feel
proud because my late husband, Derek, gave me such encouragement in
the early stages, without which I know I would not be accredited
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: "The KCAI Scheme
offers trainers a City & Guilds teaching qualification that
recognises their unique knowledge and experience. The scheme
provides a quality standard for the industry - 'the gold badge' -
ensuring that dog owners can be assured that their chosen trainer
or behaviourist has the necessary knowledge and experience.
"From the most popular areas such as companion dog or rescue and
re-homing, through to more specialist disciplines like working
gundogs, competitive agility and heelwork to music, the scheme is
tailored depending on the individual trainer's requirements.
Congratulations to Christine and Richard on becoming accredited in
companion dog training."
For more information on the KCAI, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/training/.