Christine Bowyer and Richard Edge are the latest trainers to become accredited by the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors scheme (KCAI).
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 Kennel Club.
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 dogs training.
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 now."
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: "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/.